Paris, France, June 20, 2017

STAR ALLIANCE VOTED BEST ALLIANCE AT SKYTRAX Alliance member carriers sweep 50% of Top 20 positions / LAX Lounge voted Best Alliance Lounge

In its 20th Anniversary year, Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliance’s prestigious Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the third year in row.
Accepting the award at the Paris – Le Bourget Air Show, Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance said: “This is an important accolade to receive in our 20th Anniversary year. It once again shows that our investment into a modern IT infrastructure is paying off, enabling the more than 440,000 member airline employees to provide customers with an even better Alliance travel experience. Our IT hubs are the foundation which will allow us to use digital technology to offer a more individual and a better Alliance travel experience going forward.”
 
Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to receive the Best Alliance Award from Skytrax when the category was first introduced in 2005 and has since held the award eight times.
 
The World Airline Awards are managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax Research of London, UK. The latest survey was conducted between August 2016 and May 2017, attracting 19.87 million eligible entries with participants from 105 nationalities. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 Key Performance Indicators across front-line product and service factors in the Airport and On-board environments.
 
Complementing the Alliance awards, 13 Star Alliance member carriers received distinctions in 26 individual categories, with four achieving top 10 rankings in the Top Airline Category: Singapore Airlines (2), ANA (3), EVA (6) and Lufthansa (7).
 

Aegean Airlines

Best Regional Airline in Europe

Air Canada

Best Airline in North America 

ANA

World's Best Airport Services 
Best Airline Staff in Asia

Austrian Airlines

Best Airline Staff in Europe 

Avianca

Best Airline in South America
Best Regional Airline in South America

COPA Airlines

Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean 
Best Airline Staff in Central America 

Ethiopian Airlines

Best Airline in Africa

EVA Air

Best Business Class Comfort Amenities World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness 

Lufthansa

Best Airline in Europe
Best Airline in Western Europe

Best First Class Lounge Dining 

Singapore Airlines

Best Airline in Asia 
Best Business Class Airline Seat
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering

South African Airways

Best Airline Staff in Africa

THAI

Best Economy Onboard Catering
World's Best Economy Class 
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facilities

Turkish Airlines

Best Airline in Southern Europe 
Best Business Class Onboard Catering
World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge 
Best Business Class Lounge Dining 

 
 
Your chance to become a mileage millionaire! 
For those looking to experience our Skytrax awarded airlines and Alliance, here is your chance. As part of its 20th Anniversary activities, Star Alliance is currently running a global competition, inspired by the theme of “Connecting People and Cultures”. The prize is one million frequent flyer miles* and each of the Alliance’s 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes are participating. 
 
Taking part in the competition, which runs until July 31st, is easy. Log on to www.staralliance.com/mileagemillionaire and select the Star Alliance FFP in which you wish to win the million miles. If you are not already a member of a Star Alliance FFP, simply sign up and receive a membership number online. Next, upload a profile picture, or selfie, together with a photo your favourite cultural experience. A unique built-in photo tool will merge the two pictures and provide you with a choice of two personalised silhouettes, one of which you can use to enter the competition with. Then briefly describe your cultural experience, detailing what made it so special and how it relates to the broader Star Alliance Anniversary campaign theme of connecting people and cultures.
 
The competition is available in all nine Star Alliance digital platform languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Judging will be carried out independently, by among others, Star Alliance’s 20th Anniversary partner, National Geographic, and winners will be announced on September 28th, 2017
 
All entries go through a brief moderation process where they are screened for basic photographic resolution quality and other general criteria as specified in the competition Terms and Conditions. Once approved, they are then posted in the cultural experiences map for other travellers to view and interact with. 
 
The Star Alliance FFPs are also providing some inspiration on what can be done with a million miles and are presenting some unique travel experiences at www.staralliance.com/mileagemillionaire.
 
Notes to editor:
* Some FFPs are offering alternative/comparable prizes. Full Terms and Conditions can be found at:  www.staralliance.com/mileagemillionaire.
 
About Star Alliance: The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,400 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.