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


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

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

  • 连续三年荣获FlightStats 2015年航空联盟准点表现奖。
  • Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 for the third year running.
  • 连续第三年荣获Business Traveller的2015年最佳航空联盟表彰。
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2015, for the 13th consecutive year.
  • 连续第六年荣获Global Traveler杂志的2015年资深读者调查奖。
  • 连续第三年荣获Premier Traveler的2015年最佳奖。
  • Business Traveler North America的2015年最佳商务旅行奖。
  • Trazees’ Favourite Airline Alliance 2015 in its debut awards.

About 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:

  • 航线覆盖150多个国家的超过一千个机场,每日起飞航班14,250架次。
  • 共有近3,500架飞机,每年运送大约52500万乘客。
  • 年收入1400亿美元。
oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.  Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.