World’s best airlines for 2019 revealed by Skytrax

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9. Qatar Airways

The results are in — Qatar Airways is back on top with flying colors, nabbing the top spot at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Last year, the Gulf carrier was pipped to the post by Singapore Airlines, but now Qatar Airways is celebrating its fifth time grabbing the prestigious accolade — having previously won in 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2011.

Qatar Airways also won World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Singapore Airlines — the carrier known for running the world’s longest flight — took third place but also won key awards including World’s Best Cabin Crew, World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and World’s Best First Class Seat.

In the world of budget air travel, AirAsia won World’s Best Low-Cost Airline and Japan Airlines won World’s Best Economy Class and Economy Class Seat.

“It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry,” says Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker.

The Skytrax awards are seen as among the most prestigious in the business — they’re voted for by consumers.

Airline executives celebrated at a ceremony held at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

Big winners

The top 10 is a familiar who’s-who of the aviation world — with no big shake-ups.

Qantas Airways nabbed number 8 on the list, after failing to make the top 10 in 2019.

Lufthansa is still the only European airline able to break the top 10.

British Airways, which failed to win any accolade in 2018, this year won Best Airline Staff in Europe, Best Airline Staff in the United Kingdom and Most Improved Airline in Europe.

Last year, US carriers failed to win any of the global awards — but this year, United Airlines won World’s Best Business Class Lounge.

The Best Airline in North America is still Air Canada — which also scooped the prize for World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining.

Air France continues its reputation for haute cuisine in the sky with its win for World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering, while if you’re flying economy you’ll apparently find the best food on board an EVA Air flight.

Best inflight entertainment went to Emirates and EVA Air also topped the ranking of the World’s Cleanest Airlines.

World’s Best Airlines for 2019

1. Qatar Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Cathay Pacific

5. Emirates

6. EVA Air

7. Hainan Airlines

8. Qantas Airways

9. Lufthansa

10. Thai Airways

World’s Cleanest Airlines for 2019

1. EVA Air

2. Japan Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Singapore Airlines

5. Asiana Airlines

6. Hainan Airlines

7. Swiss International Air Lines

8. Cathay Pacific

9. Qatar Airways

10. Lufthansa

Best Airlines — by Global Region

Northern Europe — Finnair

Western Europe — Lufthansa

Eastern Europe — Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Africa — Ethiopian Airlines

Australia / Pacific — Qantas Airlines

Central Asia / India — Air Astana

China — Hainan Airlines

Central America / Caribbean — Copa Airlines

South America — LATAM

North America — Air Canada

Asia — Singapore Airlines

Middle East — Qatar Airways

Europe — Lufthansa

Best Low-Cost Airlines

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