UK-based international air transport rating agency “Skytrax” has named Qatar Airways as the World’s Best Airline for the year 2019.
Last years winner, Singapore Airlines, known for running the world’s longest flight, took the second spot while Japanese ANA All Nippon Airways came third.
Qatar Airways, which became the first airline to win the award 5 times following their previous wins in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017, also won awards for the World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East.
Last years winner Singapore Airlines also won the awards for the World’s Best Cabin Crew, World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and World’s Best First Class Seat.
The 2018/2019 Skytrax annual rankings were based on the impressions of over 21 millions airline passengers from over 100 countries.
During the 2019 World Airline Awards that was held at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the CEO of Skytrax said:
“… All of today’s award-winning airlines are voted for by customers, and the focus of our annual survey is for travelers to make their own, personal choices as to which airlines they consider to be best.
“We operate the survey and awards in a 100% independent and impartial format according to the commitment we gave back in 1999, and whilst every winner may not be the favorite of everyone, those that disagree should understand that these are the Passenger’s Choice Awards.”
Top 10 World’s Best Airlines for 2019
1) Qatar Airways
2) Singapore Airlines
3) ANA All Nippon Airways
4) Cathay Pacific
6) EVA Air
7) Hainan Airlines
10) Thai Airways
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
The Best 10 Airlines in Africa 2019
1) Ethiopian Airline is voted the “Best Airline in Africa” for 3rd Consecutive Year.
2) South African Airways is voted the “Best Airlines Staff Service in Africa”. It also won the awards for the Best Cabin Crew in Africa, Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa and Best Business Class Lounge in Africa.
3) Air Mauritius
4) Air Seychelles
5) Kenya Airways
The top 5 airlines are also on the list of best 100 Airlines
6) Royal Air Maroc