According to a recent survey by the UK-based aviation industry reviewer Skytrax Japanese airline All Nippon Airlines (ANA) has come across as the cleanest airline among international carriers.
Along with the Japanese airline being the top spot-holder in the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018 in the category of the world’s best airline cabin cleanliness 2018, the rest of the 29 top spots were majorly owned by various Asian airlines this year.
Passengers from across the world were asked to participate in the survey where they were asked to answer questions based on their cabin experience in different airlines. The scoring was attributed depending on scores received for passenger experience in different parts of the airplane, for instance, seat, tray table, carpets, cabin panels, washrooms and then overall score was derived from it.
The first five spots were all filled by airlines belonging from Asian countries namely- the first runner up was Eva Air (Taiwan), the second runner up was Asiana Airlines (South Korea) and the 4th and 5th place were gained by Singapore Airlines (Singapore) and Japan Airlines (Japan) respectively.
Airlines generally hire outside companies to perform ‘quick turns’ which is cleaning between two journeys and overnight cleaning along with deep cleaning, which takes place once in a month. Current and former cabin cleaners interviewed by a major international magazine have described a work environment where pay is at its minimal which keeps morale low whereas, turnover for the deed is very high.