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Top 10 Airlines For Flights To The UK

Emirates and Etihad are selected in top 10 list from recent survey.
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Top 10 Airlines For Flights To The UK

Airline passengers were recently asked to rate their favourite carriers for flights to the United Kingdom by CHOICE International. Around 9000 members of the Australian consumer advocacy group took part in the survey, providing their opinion on a number of different areas, including cost, in-flight service, seat comfort, leg room, timeliness, food quality and check-in process. LogisticsMiddleEast.com looks at the top 10 performers, with entries for the likes of Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysian Airlines.

10. Royal Brunei
Established in 1974, Royal Brunei is the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and wholly government owned. Based at Brunei International Airport in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Royal Brunei use a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft and operate a network of regional services throughout Asia together with services to Australia and the United Kingdom.

Overall score: 31%

9. Qantas
Qantas Airways is operated as part of the publically listed Qantas Group. It is the national airline of Australia with major hubs in Sydney and Melbourne and secondary hubs in Perth, Brisbane and Singapore. Using a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft, Qantas operates an extensive domestic and regional network within Australia as well as international services to New Zealand, North America, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Qantas is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

Overall score: 63%

8. Cathay Pacific
As the flag carrier of Hong Kong and based at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific is majority owned by Swire Pacific with significant shareholdings from Air China parent CNAC. Using a fleet which includes widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Cathay Pacific’s extensive network consists of services throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

Overall score: 66%

7. Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia airlines is the flag carrier of Malaysia, and is one of Asia's largest carriers, serving over 100 destinations across 6 continents from its main base at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It maintains a strong presence within East and South East Asia, and on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and the UK. Its narrowbody fleet comprises solely of Boeing aircraft, and its widebody fleet comprises both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. It is current not a member of a global alliance.

Overall score: 67%

6. Virgin Atlantic

Based in London, Virgin Atlantic Airlines is one Britain’s major international airlines with shareholders including the Virgin Group and Singapore Airlines. Using a fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft, Virgin Atlantic operates a network of international services to North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Australia from its hubs at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Overall score: 67%

5. Etihad Airways
Founded in 2003, Etihad Airways is flag carrier of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and is based in Abu Dhabi. Operating a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Etihad operates an extensive network of services within the Middle East and to Europe, Asia, North America, Canada and Australia.

Overall score: 68%

4. Thai Airways
Based at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with secondary hubs in Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thai Airways is the national airline of Thailand and owned by the Thai Ministry of Finance. Using a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircraft, Thai Airways operates an extensive network of domestic and regional services throughout Thailand and Asia and international services to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Thai Airways is a founding member of Star Alliance.

Overall score: 68%

3. Emirates
Founded in 1985, Emirates is the largest carrier of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is based at Dubai International Airport. Operating a fleet of wide-body Boeing and Airbus Aircraft, including the A380, Emirates provides an extensive network of services within the Middle East as well as to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Canada and South America.

Overall score: 70%


2. Japan Airlines

Based in Tokyo, Japan Airlines (JAL) is one of Japan's two major flag carriers, with hubs at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport, Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. Operating a large fleet of Boeing narrow and wide-body aircraft, JAL has an extensive domestic network with regional and international services to Europe, Canada, the United States, South America and Australia. JAL is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.

Overall score: 79%

1. Singapore Airlines
Based at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier of Singapore. Using a fleet of wide-body Boeing and Airbus Aircraft, including the A380 of which Singapore Airlines was the launch customer, Singapore Airlines operates an extensive network within Asia as well as to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Singapore Airlines is a founding member of Star Alliance.

Overall score: 81%

{Survey: CHOICE, Profile: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation}

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