The Dubai-based carrier Emirates has been named the “World’s Best Airline” for 2013 by Skytrax at the World Airline Awards.
The research consultancy ranked last year’s winner, Qatar Airways, as second after Emirates, while Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways came seventh, according to the awards website.
“For us, the awards clearly reflect a vote of confidence from global travellers, who acknowledge and appreciate our continuous drive to deliver high-quality service. To be voted ‘World's Best Airline’ by millions of discerning travellers really is something for our 60,000 strong workforce to be proud of,” Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, was quoted as saying on the airline’s website.
Emirates Airline has been expanding its global reach over the past few years, as well as forming sponsorships in football, rugby, motorsports, golf, and cricket.
Soccer teams sponsored by Emirates include AC Milan, Arsenal, and Real Madrid. It recently extended its sponsorship deal with Real Madrid Football Club, reported to the Associated Press.