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Emirates bags best airline award at 'Skytrax World Airline Awards'

Updated: Jul 13, 2016 15:51 IST

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): largest international airlines Emirates announced receiving the World's Best Airline 2016 award at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016 in addition to scooping up the awards for World's Best Inflight Entertainment for a record 12th consecutive year, and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Based on the results of the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey in the industry, the World's Best Airline Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence.

This year's Skytrax awards were based on a total of 19.2 million completed surveys covering 280 airlines, by customers hailing from more than 104 countries.

This is the fourth time Emirates has won the top accolade since the airline awards were introduced 15 years ago; the airline won the first ever Skytrax World's Best Airline in 2001, again in 2002 and in 2013.

"We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious Skytrax awards. Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touch point, every day, all around the world," said President Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark.

"We constantly invest in our product and services, both on the ground and in the air. We listen carefully to our customers, and then relentlessly challenge ourselves to deliver and exceed expectations. The fact that these awards are based on the direct feedback from passengers is gratifying and wonderful recognition for all of the hard work that's gone into creating the Emirates experience," added Sir Tim Clark.

This fourth World's Best Airline title for Emirates is a fantastic achievement and true testament to the airline's popularity. To satisfy customers from such a wide and diverse passenger base is not an easy task, but Emirates continues to gain superlative feedback from customers for its product and service offering from the front to the back of the aircraft. The IFE that Emirates provides is a continued focal point for passenger praise and it is important to note that customers were not only impressed with the programming but also the superior hardware standards, particularly for the A380 fleet," said CEO of Skytrax, Edward Plaisted.

Emirates' fleet, including all of its A380 aircraft, passengers in all classes can enjoy unprecedented Wi-Fi connectivity. On average, over a quarter of all passengers use the internet during their flight. This figure increases to half on flights over 12 hours. (ANI)