Cathay Pacific: The best airline of 2009

Crew at Cathay Pacific Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways picked up the 2009 Airline of the Year award at the first live SKYTRAX World Airline Awards ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany on 1st April 2009.The SKYTRAX World Airline Awards celebrated their tenth anniversary with around 500 people attending the 2009 Awards ceremony in Hamburg to see the winning airlines receive their accolades. Edward Plaisted (CEO of Skytrax) handed out awards in 34 categories – the winners being selected by the airline industry’s most important audience, it’s customers.

More than 16 million air travellers drawn from over 95 different nationalities took part in the 8 month long survey. The awards are recognised around the world for being the only true global independent passenger survey of airline standards. The survey does not receive any third party sponsorship and is entirely funded by Skytrax.

Edward Plaisted said: “the Cathay Pacific victory this year is the third occasion in the last ten years they have won this prestige title. A factor behind the Cathay Pacific win is clearly the consistency of product and service that they provide to their customers. Not only are Cathay Pacific satisfying their passengers onboard flights, but the ratings they achieved for their airport operations in Hong Kong also played a considerable part in this success”.

1. Cathay Pacific (placing inĀ 2008 -> 2)
2. Singapore Airlines (1)
3. Asiana Airlines (5)
4. Qatar Airways (7)
5. Emirates (3)
6. Qantas (9)
7. Etihad Airways (8)
8. Air New Zealand (10)
9. Malaysia Airlines (6)
10. Thai Airways (4)

And here is the winners by the regions:
Asia: Cathay Pacific
Africa: South African Airways
Australasia: Qantas Airways
Europe: Swiss Int’l Air Lines
Middle East: Qatar Airways
North America: Continental Airlines
South America: LAN Airlines

Source: Skytrax

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