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oneworld® was recognised once again as the Best Airline Alliance in the leading Cellars in the Sky Awards, alongside several oneworld member airlines which won accolades for having the best wine in-flight.

Organised by magazine group Business Traveller in association with the International Wine Challenge, the Cellars in the Sky awards celebrate the best wines served in-flight by airlines in first and business class. The winners were unveiled in a ceremony in London on 24 February.

This is the 11th year in a row that oneworld has been awarded Best Airline Alliance in the awards, which were judged by a panel headed by co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, Charles Metcalfe.

Several oneworld member airlines took home accolades in the awards. Malaysia Airlines won Best Overall Cellar and Best Business Class Cellar, while Qantas was awarded the Gold Medal for Best First Class Cellar.

For individual wines, Qantas won the Gold Medal for Best First Class White, American Airlines the Gold Medal for Best First Class Rosé, and Malaysia Airlines the Gold Medal for Best Business Class Sparkling. Cathay Pacific subsidiary and oneworld affiliate Cathay Dragon won the Gold Medal for Best First Class Sparkling.

More than 30 airlines participated in the competition, which is now in its 34th year. The judging panel took part in blind tastings of 250 bottles of wine in November 2019, before scoring the wines independently over two days.

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About oneworld

oneworld brings together 13 world-class airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 of their affiliates. Royal Air Maroc is on track to join on 1 April. Fiji Airways is a oneworld connect partner. Collectively, these airlines:

• Serve 1,100 airports in 180 territories, with 14,000 daily departures.

• Carry almost 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.

• Generate US$ 135 billion annual total revenues.

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 travelers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld holds three times as many “best airline alliance” awards as its competitors combined.