Chinese airline among world's top ten in 2017

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The prize for best first-class cabin went to Qatar rival Etihad Airways PJSC, which has decked out its A380 superjumbos with private suites that feature Savoy-hotel trained butlers on standby.

The airline was also named as having the world's best business class cabins.

Maintaining the same momentum in 2013, 2014, and 2016, Turkish Airlines continued to be recognized as the "Best Business Class Onboard Catering" with its seamless inflight catering service. Qatar Airways continues to fly the skies with a vast network of more than 150 destinations, including the recently launched summer route to Dublin, Ireland on June 12 and the upcoming Nice, France, on July 4. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline's own brand message - Going Places Together. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 400 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The A380 flights include 26-inch entertainment screens, seats almost 2-feet wide and privacy partitions. This also marks the third time the airline has won all three First Class award categories at the World Airline Awards. Ben Smith, Air Canada president of passenger airlines, said the honor "reinforces and validates what we've been working for for so long". He added that it also helps to have hubs relatively close to the U.S.

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Questions in the survey, which covers 320 airlines, touched on topics such as cabin comfort, staff grooming, and selection of meals available. "That, I think, gives us an edge". CNN Money points out executive pod seats that recline to flat beds and 21-inch entertainment screens could have something to do with it too.

Qatar Airways came out on top of the worldwide ranking, followed by Singapore Airlines, and several other Middle Eastern and Asian carriers.

Skytrax are specialist research and quality advisors to the air transport industry are focusing into evaluating airlines and airport of which it has programmes namely - the world airline awards (Skytrax World Airline Awards), the world airline audit, among others.

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