Every year, a new airline has the chance to be awarded as the winners multiple awards given by the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards. What’s cool about this award ceremony is that all of the votes are cast by previous passengers. That’s right; we are the judges in this contest. This year, Virgin America took the lead for best Airline Staff Service. WestJet came in second place, following Porter Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, American Eagle Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Delta.

Virgin won the Best Low-Cost Airline in the United States for 2014 as well, but the company didn’t have a clean sweep. Cathay Pacific was named The World’s Best Airline — arguably the most coveted award. But if you are looking for the best airway to take on your first class trip, Singapore Airlines will be the perfect fit, and Ethiad Airways will serve you the best meal. And if you are on that ramen noodle for dinner every night kind of budget like I am, Asiana Airlines won for economy, while Thai Airways catered the best food. Porter Airlines is the winner of the Best Regional Airline in North America. The World’s Best Low-Cost Airline was won by AirAsia.

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What do you think makes the best airline? Is it the food, the smoothness of the ride, or the friendliness of the staff? For me, it’s a combination of all three. And the choice of movies are also pretty important too.

Do you agree with the 2014 World Airline Award winners?

Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.

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