Philippine Airlines breaks into world’s top 50 carriers

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The Philippines’ flag carrier is flying high after it was named one of the top 50 best airlines in the world.

The United Kingdom-based consultancy firm Skytrax released its annual list of the world’s best airlines where Philippine Airlines (PAL) cracked the top 50, now ranked 49th or 18 notches higher than its position the previous year.

PAL was also ranked by Skytrax as the number 2 most improved airline for the year. This comes five months after it was certified as the country’s first 4-star airline, also by Skytrax.

PAL recently fetched from Toulouse, France its brand new A350 900 XWB aircraft by Airbus.

“This Airbus will become the new flagship of the young and trendsetting Philippine Airlines fleet — raising the standards for cabin comfort for our beloved passengers especially for long flights,” says PAL president and COO Jaime J. Bautista.

The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 20.36 million travelers from more than 100 different countries. The survey, which covered more than 335 airlines, measured 49 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service.

Here’s the complete list of the 50 best airlines in the world, according to Skytrax:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. ANA/All Nippon
  4. Emirates
  5. EVA Air
  6. Cathay Pacific
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Hainan Airlines
  9. Garuda Indonesia
  10. Thai Airways
  11. Qantas Airways
  12. Swiss International Air Lines
  13. Japan Airlines/JAL
  14. China Southern Airlines
  15. Etihad Airways
  16. Austrian Airlines
  17. Air New Zealand
  18. Turkish Airlines
  19. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  20. Hong Kong Airlines
  21. Bangkok Airways
  22. Virgin Australia
  23. Aeroflot
  24. Asiana Airlines
  25. Air France
  26. Cathay Dragon
  27. Finnair
  28. AirAsia
  29. Virgin Atlantic
  30. Air Canada
  31. British Airways
  32. Norwegian
  33. Korean Air
  34. Malaysia Airlines
  35. China Airlines
  36. Aer Lingus
  37. Delta Air Lines
  38. Alaska Airlines
  39. Aegean Airlines
  40. Ethiopian Airlines
  41. Iberia
  42. JetBlue Airways
  43. EasyJet
  44. Oman Air
  45. South African Airways
  46. Jetstar Airways
  47. AirAsia X
  48. Air Astana
  49. Philippine Airlines
  50. Vietnam Airlines

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