Cheers again to oneworld, as best alliance for in-flight wine

06 de fevereiro de 2013

Judges at a leading international wine-tasting competition have once again raised their glasses to the oneworld® alliance and many of its member airlines.

They have for the fourth year running selected oneworld as the Best Alliance for the wines served in-flight by its member airlines in the latest Cellars in the Sky Awards, run by Business Traveller magazine, in association with the International Wine Challenge.

In December, oneworld retained for the second year running the equivalent title presented in the USA, as Best Airline Alliance in Global Traveler magazine's Wines on the Wing awards.

oneworld is also current holder of three of the leading awards presented to airline alliances overall - from Global Traveler, World Travel Awards and Australian Business Traveller.

oneworld's members flew high in the Cellars in the Sky airline award categories, taking first prizes in seven of the 13 categories, along with 12 runners-up placings, with a further two taken by member elect Qatar Airways.  Airlines in the Star alliance achieved five first prizes and four runners-up placings, while SkyTeam members achieved one first position and two runners-up.

It is the 28th year that Cellars in the Sky Awards have been presented.  A panel of four leading experts blind-tasted hundreds of wines served on longhaul flights by a 33 airlines from around the world.

oneworld's Australian partner Qantas collected all four top prizes - Best Overall Wine Cellar, Best First Class Sparkling, Best Business Class Sparkling and Best First Class Wine List Presentation.  It was runner-up for both Best First Class Cellar and Best Business Class Cellar and in the class for Best First Class Fortified and Sweet.  

Malaysia Airlines, which joined the alliance on Friday last week, walked away with the trophy for Best First Class Cellar along with the prize for Best First Class Red.  It took also runner-up placing for Best First Class Sparkling

British Airways took top honours for Best First Class White.

Cathay Pacific collected four runners-up certificates, Finnair two and American Airlines and LAN Airlines one each.

The awards were presented last night by television wine presenter and Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge Charles Metcalfe at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel.

The judges comprised: Charles Metcalfe; Master of Wine and wine-making consultant Sam Harrop, Master of Wine Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and top restaurant wine consultant Peter McCrombie.

For the results in full, see

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Sobre a oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.   oneworld airlines include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  A SriLankan Airlines e Qatar Airways devem se associar em breve. 

Entre elas, essas companhias aéreas:

  • Atendem 860 aeroportos em quase 160 países, com mais de 9.300 voos diariamente.
  • Transportam quase um milhão de passageiros por dia em uma frota combinada de mais de 2.500 aeronaves.
  • Geram aproximadamente US$ 120 bilhões em receita anual total.

As companhias aéreas membro da oneworld trabalham em conjunto para oferecer constantemente uma experiência de viagem única e superior, com privilégios especiais e prêmios para passageiros frequentes, inclusive ganhar e resgatar milhas e pontos em toda a rede da aliança. Os titulares de cartão de status elite (Emerald e Sapphire) desfrutam acesso a 550 salas VIP. Os passageiros mais regulares (Emerald) podem também utilizar a passagem rápida na inspeção de segurança em aeroportos selecionados e limites de bagagem adicionais.

oneworld is currently the holder of three leading international awards for airline alliances - named the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2012 Awards for the third year running, the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2012 World Travel Awards for the 10th year running, and Australian Business Traveller Best Airline Alliance in 2012 for the second year running.