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Cheers! Qantas named as the airline with the best overall wine list in the world, with British Airways claiming gold for business class

19 Feb 2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous

Qantas has been named as the airline offering the best on-board wines in first and business class overall.

The Australian flag carrier scooped six accolades at the annual Cellars in the Sky Awards, which included the coveted title of best overall wine list for 2018.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific was runner-up while third place was shared by Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways. American Airlines claimed a 'highly commended' for its overall cellar and British Airways scooped the award for having the best business class wine list.

Sajida Ismail, British Airways' Head of Inflight Product, said: 'We pride ourselves on providing our customers with high quality wines and champagnes, so we are delighted to have won the Gold medal for the Best Business Class Cellar.'

The Cellars in the Sky Awards are organised by Business Traveller and 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines for testing.

In December, four independent judges spent two days blind taste testing and scoring the wines at London's Grosvenor Hotel.

They then decided on winners for 14 categories that included awards for reds, whites, sparkling wines and fortified wines.

As well as scooping the award for best wine cellar, Qantas also took top spots in categories including best first class white, best first class sparkling, best first class cellar, best presented first class wine list and best business class fortified/dessert wine.

Cathay Pacific won two awards for best first class sparkling (shared with Qantas and Air France), and best business class red.

The best first class red category was won by Malaysia Airlines and best first class fortified/dessert wine went to All Nippon Airlines.

The award for best business class sparkling wine was won by Qatar Airways.

The best business class white category was won by JetBlue, a US low-cost airline.

The Cellars in the Sky Awards is now in its 33rd year, having been running since 1985.

Source: Daily Mail

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