SYDNEY, Australia, Friday December 2, 2016 – Two airlines serving the Caribbean have been named among the best in the world, as global product and safety website Airline Ratings announced their annual Airline Excellence and Top 10 awards.
Virgin Atlantic, along with sister carrier Virgin Australia, secured fifth place on the Top 10 list, nudging British Airways into sixth spot ahead of leading airlines like Etihad, All Nippon, Eva Air and Lufthansa.
Virgin also shone in the Airline Excellence awards, with the entire group (Virgin Atlantic, Australia and America) picking up the gong for Best Cabin Crew.
Virgin Atlantic was also named one of the best long-haul airlines, along with Etihad (Middle East/Africa); Singapore Airlines (Asia Pacific), and Delta (the Americas).
Airline Ratings’ 2017 awards ranked the top airlines overall, best cabins of each class, and highlighted the best entertainment, catering and cabin crew worldwide.
To be named one of the Top 10 airlines in the world, carriers had to show leading innovations in passenger comfort and must have achieved a seven-star safety status.
Airline Ratings developed its seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and the system is now endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Air New Zealand captured the top spot for the fourth consecutive year due to its in-flight innovations, financial performance and environmental leadership and commitment to a young fleet, according to the website.
Australian airline Qantas bagged second prize, up from fourth place last year.
Singapore Airlines took third place after introducing its new premium economy, revamped business class and the new A350. It also scored as best economy carrier.
The Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific held the fourth spot this year, just ahead of Virgin Atlantic/ Virgin Australia.