British Airways has shrugged off its recent difficulties to be named airline of the year for the first time in almost 20 years.
The company was also voted top airline in three other categories – best transatlantic airline, best Europe to Asia and Australasia carrier, and best airline based in western Europe in the Airline of the Year Awards organised by travel information company OAG.
Last month figures showed that BA had lost more bags in 2006 than any other major European carrier.
The airline was also the hardest hit by the counter-terrorist measures introduced for passengers’ luggage last August, which led to BA having to cancel hundreds of flights. And last Christmas, the carrier had to put up with thick fog which wrecked schedules at Heathrow.