Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

AirAsia named world's best low-priced airline for 9th consecutive time

AirAsia named world's best low-priced airline for 9th consecutive time

It is the sixth time in eight years Canada's flag carrier has been named the continent's best airline by Skytrax, which polled almost 20 million travellers from over 105 countries between August 2016 and May 2017.

IndiGo, India's largest and fastest growing airline, on Tuesday won the award for being the BestALow Cost Airline in Central Asia and India at the Skytrax World Airline Awards at the International Paris Air Show 2017. "This award is a significant milestone in the transformation of Air Canada into one of the world's leading carriers and is all the more meaningful given the increased competition in our industry", said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

Aeroflot participated this year for the first time as a 4-Star Airline, having become the first Russian airline to gain this status from Skytrax in 2016.

The World Airline Awards also recognize regional excellence, which might be more relevant to those of us not taking long, luxurious flights to and from Doha.

"We take the world champion title seriously and we will strive to continue to improve for both our guests and shareholders", he added.

On behalf of Air Asia, Group Cabin Crew Head Suhaila Hassan, who has been with the company for 20 years, accepted the award, flanked by AirAsia ambassador David Foster and Brazilian football player Roberto Carlos.

He said over the last 15 years, the group has created a great brand and wants to move towards One AirAsia, a truly Asean community airline. "We also want to recreate ourselves as a digital airline and use technology to drive more value", Fernandes said in a statement.

AirAsia and AirAsia X have won a combined 25 Skytrax World Airline Awards since the awards were introduced in 2001.

Skytrax evaluates traveller experiences across different airport service and product key performance indicators. This award is also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every employee at Qatar Airways. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 95 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

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