Qatar Airways crowned world’s best airline, pushing Singapore Airlines into second

Jun 19, 2019
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Qatar Airways has been crowned the world's best airline. Source: Getty

The best airlines in the world have been revealed, with Qatar Airways nabbing the top spot.

This is the fifth time the Middle Eastern carrier has taken home the top gong at the annual World Airline Awards, pushing last year’s winner, Singapore Airlines, into second place.

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

“We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards,” Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said.

“Being the first airline to be named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and, combined with three other major Skytrax awards, is testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team.

“It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry.”

Other winning airlines included Japan’s All Nippon Airways, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific and Dubai-based carrier Emirates, coming in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Qantas Airways came in at number eight, beating out major airlines including Virgin Australia (25th place) and Air New Zealand (16th place).

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s EVA Air, China-based carrier Hainan Airlines, Germany’s Lufthansa and Thai Airways rounded out the top 10.

What airlines have you flown with before? Which is your preference?

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