Cheers! oneworld is best alliance for in-flight wine again

20 février 2018

Judges at a leading international wine-tasting competition have raised their glasses to oneworld® as the best airline alliance for the wines served in-flight by its member airlines for the seventh year in a row.

The Cellars in the Sky Awards, now in their 30th year, are run by Business Traveller, the multi-national magazine group, in association with the International Wine Challenge.  The 2015 awards were presented last night at a ceremony in London, following blind tastings by a panel of four leading experts of hundreds of wines served on longhaul flights by 35 airlines from around the world.

It means oneworld holds both trophies presented to mark the quality of the wines served in-flight by its member airlines, after retaining also the Global Traveler Wines on the Wing trophy late last year.  oneworld is also the current holder of eight of the 12 overall “best airline alliance” awards presented internationally.

oneworld’s member airlines also flew high in the Cellars in the Sky 2015 awards, taking three gold medals, eight silver medals, six bronzes and three “highly commended” in the 13 airline categories – more awards than airlines in both other global alliances combined.

The three gold medallists among oneworld member airlines were:

  • British Airways for Best First Class White, for its Domaine d’Ardhuy Corton Charlemagne 2009, from Burgundy, France.  The airline also walked away with one silver medal.
  • Qatar Airways for Best First Class Fortified/Dessert, for its Château d’Yquem 2008 Sauternes, from Bordeaux, France.  Qatar Airways also received one silver medal, one bronze and one highly commended.
  • Cathay Pacific for Best Presented First Class Wine List.  The carrier also gained two silver medals, one bronze and one highly commended.

Among other oneworld members, American Airlines took two silver medals and one bronze, Malaysia Airlines received one bronze medal, and Qantas took home two silver medals, one bronze and a highly commended.

The judges included luminaries from the world of wine Charles Metcalfe, Tim Atkin, Oz Clarke and Peter McCrombie.

For the results in full, see businesstraveller.com

Other “best airline alliance” awards currently held by oneworld include:

  • Prix FlightStats Alliance On-time Performance Award 2015 (récompense la ponctualité des compagnies aériennes) pour la troisième fois consécutive.
  • Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 for the third year running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2015 Best Airline Alliance, also for the third year running.
  • Meilleure alliance aérienne au monde 2015 aux World Travel Awards, pour la 13e année consécutive.
  • Récompense 2015 du sondage des lecteurs du magazine Global Traveler pour la sixième année consécutive.
  • Récompense Best of 2015 de Premier Traveler pour la troisième année consécutive.
  • Récompense du meilleur des voyages d'affaires 2015 de Business Traveler North America.
  • Trazees’ Favourite Airline Alliance 2015 in its debut awards.

A propos de oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.  They include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Desservent plus de mille aéroports dans plus de 150 pays, avec 14 250 départs par jour.
  • transportent environ 525 millions de passagers par an sur une flotte totale d'environ 3 500 avions.
  • génèrent un revenu annuel total de 140 milliards de dollars américains.
Les compagnies membres de oneworld travaillent ensemble pour offrir une expérience de voyage toujours de la plus haute qualité et sans soucis, avec des privilèges et primes spécifiques pour les voyageurs fréquents : ils peuvent par exemple cumuler et convertir des miles et des points sur l'ensemble du réseau de l'alliance.  Les détenteurs de cartes des statuts supérieurs (Emerald et Sapphire) peuvent accéder à plus de 650 salons d'aéroport et profitent d'une franchise bagages plus importante. Les voyageurs les plus réguliers (Emerald) peuvent également utiliser des accès prioritaires aux contrôles de sécurité dans certains aéroports.