Wednesday 28 September 2016

Aer Lingus becomes first Irish airline to be awarded prestigious 4-star rating

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 11/07/2016 | 16:18

Aer Lingus. Pic: Depositphotos
Aer Lingus. Pic: Depositphotos

Aer Lingus has become the first Irish airline to receive a coveted four-star rating from the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax.

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The rating is awarded following a series of audits conducted by Skytrax to measure the quality of front-line product and staff standards both in the sky and on the ground.

Speaking about the announcement this morning, Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh said: “2016 is shaping up to be a standout year in the airline’s history as not only does our transatlantic expansion continue to accelerate and we celebrate 80 years of flying, now we can also stand proud as Ireland’s only four-star airline.”

Aer Lingus now joins an exclusive list of just 40 airlines worldwide that have achieved the rating, including Air France, Emirates, British Airways and Lufthansa.

Ryanair is certified with a two-star rating from Skytrax.

Only eight carriers carry the highest five-star rating, including Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

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