As a counterpoint to our post on the 15 Worst Airlines in the World, here’s the flip side. While many people complain about plane travel these days, there are some carriers who are getting it right. Airline quality review site Skytrax recently released a list of the best airlines in the world for 2014. Results were based on an extensive survey of over 19 million passengers from 160 countries. They contributed feedback on 41 key performance indicators such as seat comfort, in-flight entertainment, cabin cleanliness, meal quality and service excellence. The following carriers were honored at the 2014 World Airline Awards. Many of the winners have long been regarded among the best airlines in the world, but some may surprise you.
15. Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia has experienced massive growth in the Asia-Pacific market since it set out to position itself as Australia’s airline of choice in 2011. In keeping with Virgin’s style and commitment to customer service, their fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 jets boast mood lighting, decent leg room (even in economy), tasty food and top-of the line touchscreen entertainment systems. Their gate-to-gate wireless system lets you be connected on your own devices with no interruptions throughout the journey, so no more movies cutting out at landing. Virgin Australia has been recognized at the World Airline Awards as having the “Best Airline Staff Service in the Australia/Pacific region” four years in a row now.