Aviation research firm Skytrax has announced its World Airline Awards, ranking the airlines of the world to help guide your next flight.
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The awards began in 1999 as a way to deliver an independent, impartial, and global assessment of the world’s airlines. There is no entrance fee, subscriptions, or any type of payment by an airline to be considered for the awards. The 2019 awards are a result of 21.65 million survey responses from customers from over 100 nationalities.
The awards cover a variety of categories, listed here with the 2019 winners:
- World’s Best Cabin Crew: Singapore Airlines
- World’s Best Business Class: Qatar Airways
- World’s Best Economy Class: Japan Airlines
- World’s Best Regional Airline: Bangkok Airways
- World’s Cleanest Aircraft Cabin: EVA Air
- World’s Most Improved Airline: Philippine Airlines
This year’s big award for World’s Best Airline saw Qatar Airways dethrone Singapore Airways for the number one spot. Singapore came in at number two, followed by ANA in third place.
“I am immensely proud of Qatar Airways and it is an honour on behalf of my workforce and my country to collect this prestigious award and for Qatar Airways to be named Airline of the Year,” shared Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways. “It is extremely gratifying to be honoured with these achievements, which recognise the outstanding efforts of our employees in the air and on the ground.
Here are the top 10 results for the World’s Best Airlines in 2019:
|2019 ranking||Airline||2018 ranking||Description|
|1||Qatar Airways||2||With more than 140 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways’ network spans across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America, and South America. Winner of 10 categories in this year’s awards, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class, and more.|
|2||Singapore Airlines||1||Flying to six continents, Singapore Airlines won seven categories in the 2019 awards including World’s Best Cabin Crew, Best Airline in Asia, World’s Best First Class, and World’s Best First Class Seat.|
|3||ANA AII Nippon Airways||3||Japan’s largest airline, flying to around 80 international and 110 domestic routes. Also won World’s Best Airport Services, Best Business Class in Asia, and more.|
|4||Cathay Pacific Airways||6||Based in Hong Kong, offers passenger and cargo services to over 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa, with a fleet of almost 200 aircraft.|
|5||Emirates||4||Dubai-based airline that flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries, with a fleet of more than 230 aircraft. Emirates also won the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award.|
|6||EVA Air||5||Taiwan-based airline that links more than 60 major business and tourist destinations connecting Asia and Mainland China to Europe, North America, and Oceania. Also won World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness and World’s Best Economy Class Catering.|
|7||Hainan Airlines||8||400 aircraft in operation and 24 bases/branch companies as of June 2018. Covers China, numerous points in Asia, and extends to Europe, North America, and the South Pacific. Hainan Airlines won five awards including Best Airline in China, Best Airline Staff in China, and World’s Best Business Class Amenities.|
|8||Qantas Airways||11||Flag carrier of Australia and the country’s largest domestic and international airline. Winner of three awards: Best Airline in Australia/Pacific, Best First Class in Australia/Pacific, and Best Business Class in Australia/Pacific.|
|9||Lufthansa||7||Germany’s largest airline, with its primary hub in Frankfurt and secondary hub in Munich. Winner of six awards including Best Airline in Europe, and Best Cabin Crew in Germany.|
|10||Thai Airways||10||Flag carrier airline of Thailand, flying to 84 destinations in 37 countries. Also won Best Airline Staff in Asia, World’s Best Airline Spa Facility, and Best Cabin Crew in Thailand.|
Take a look at the full results from Skytrax’s 2019 World Airline Awards here.