Only two airlines from Europe – and none in the USA – are named in a new Skytrax list dominated by Asian carriers.
When you take your seat in a plane, the chances are that the aircraft has already completed a number of trips since being cleaned – meaning that three or four other people have sat in your seat and touched everything around from screen to the armrests.
Studies estimate that up to 20% of all passengers on commercial flights develop a respiratory infection within a week of flying.
A hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes may help. Or, as a prominent airline consultancy suggests, you could just fly a cleaner airline.
Besides regularly naming the world’s best airlines and best budget carriers, Skytrax’s World Airline Awards also recently announced the cleanest carriers of 2018.
Tables and toilets
Even though bacteria can’t actually be seen, passengers nevertheless rated airlines’ standards and quality of cleanliness in the cabin, including the seats, tables, carpets, panels and toilets.
Coming out on top is ANA All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline based on fleet size, followed by fellow Asian carriers EVA Air of Taiwan and South Korea’s Asiana Airlines. No US airlines made the list and only two from Europe did.
Top ten airlines for cleanliness
ANA All Nippon Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Swiss International Air Lines