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 2016. Results were based on an extensive survey of over 19 million passengers from 104 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 World Airline Awards. Many of the winners have long been regarded among the best airlines in the world, but some may surprise you.
15. Swiss International Air Lines Will Take You to the Alps in Style
It’s an impressive feat for Swiss International Air Lines to be recognized on this list of best airlines in the world as this offshoot of defunct Swissair has only been in operation since 2002. It has a young fleet of wide-body jets and is renowned for its award-winning food and friendly customer service. Boredom is never an issue on Swiss International, which has all the on-demand in-flight entertainment you could want. Catering to skiers heading to the Swiss Alps, this airline also has generous allotments for transporting sports equipment.