Skytrax ranked airlines for their cleanliness based on traveler feedback across five areas: seating, toilets, tables, carpets, and cabin panels.
While I’m generally skeptical of Skytrax ratings generally, the top airlines in their list unquestionably do an incredible job. I always marvel at ANA for its cleanliness, down to flight attendants cleaning lavatories continuously throughout long haul flights.
Here are the 10 cleanest airlines:
- All Nippon Airways
- EVA Air
- Asiana Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Hainan Airlines
These are the airlines you could proverbially eat off the floor on, but I wouldn’t try it — even for ANA.
It’s not surprising to see Asian carriers known for their attention to detail ranking well in cleanliness. EVA Air really pays attention to small details, getting them right.
Singapore Airlines approaches their product with incredible care. It’s not enough for them to pick great wines, or work through what flavors will hold up at altitude. They have a pressurized room to simulate a cabin environment for tasting. When it came time to retire their 747s very old first class seats were still beautifully maintained and immaculate.
No US airline was in the top thirty. Fortunately US airlines are cleaning planes more frequently than they did when economic times were tougher for them.
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly)