Leading commercial aviation website Skytrax has named Qatar Airways as the best airline in the world for the year 2017. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has won the Best Airline Award; it was named the best airline in 2011, 2012 and 2015 and the airline consistently ranks as one of the top airlines in the world. Representatives of Qatar Airways were presented the award during this year’s 2017 Paris Air Show.
Most of the consistently top-ranked airlines are from Asia and the Gulf region of the Middle East. US airlines have never made the top spots of the Skytrax rankings. The best a US carrier has performed is Delta, coming in at the 32nd spot.
Skytrax bases its airline rankings on the impressions of 19.87 million travelers surveyed from 105 different countries covering 325 airlines and assessing 49 parameters, foremost of which were in-flight experience, comfort, quality of service and boarding procedures.
THE 10 BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD RANKED BY SKYTRAX
10. Garuda Indonesia
Previous rank: 11
Garuda Indonesia has made dramatic quality improvements in the recent years. Indonesia’s flag carrier has renewed it’s airline fleet and extensively improved its service to provide passengers a pleasurable and safe flying experience. The airline is known to provide comfortable seating arrangements and delicious Southeast Asian cuisine.
9. Hainan Airlines
Previous rank: 12
Hainan Airlines is the only Chinese airline to receive Skytrax’s prestigious 5-star rating. The airline has made incredible leaps in a few short years. Three years ago the airline was ranked 22 and now it’s in the best 10. The ranking jump can be attributed to a focus on attentive service, a fleet of brand new Boeing and Airbus aircraft and rapidly expanding service to destinations throughout Asia, Europe and Australia.
8. Etihad Airways
Previous rank: 6
Abu Dhabi based Etihad airways is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The airline is known for its long-time focus on excellent service and in-flight experience, a changing fleet of new Boeing and Airbus aircraft and service to over 100 destinations across the world. Etihad Airlines is also famous for its unique Residence flying apartments and luxury first-class and business-class suites.
Previous rank: 10
Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa is Europe’s leading international airline. Lufthansa has grown into an airline powerhouse, maintaining a spot in the 10 best airlines for the past two years. The airline is known for its excellent quality, service and overall passenger experience.
6. EVA Air
Previous rank: 8
Taiwan’s Taipei-based EVA Air has rapidly grown in the past 20 years to operate a large fleet of long-haul Boeing and Airbus aircraft. EVA Air provides a quality-focused service to numerous destinations around the world. The airline is especially known for its clean cabins and comfortable amenities.
5. Cathay Pacific Airways
Previous rank: 4
Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific has long retained the top spots as one of the most respected international airlines from far east Asia. Cathay Pacific has an extensive fleet of long-range 777-300ER servicing destinations throughout the world. The airline offers is known to offer its passengers high quality flying experience with comfortable seating and excellent in-flight entertainment and meal selections.
Previous rank: 1
Over the past three decades, Dubai based Emirates airlines has steadily become the world’s premiere international airline. Emirates operates one of the largest fleets of the newest Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 jets servicing numerous destinations around the globe. Emirates is known for an excellent in-flight experience, offering top-notch in-flight entertainment, comfortable seats and quality meal options.
3. All Nippon Airways
Previous rank: 5
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is Japan’s largest international airline. ANA has made an climb in the world’s best airlines rankings over the past few years. ANA has one of the largest fleets of Boeing brand new 787 Dreamliners. The airline is known for its focus on safety, clean cabins and excellent passenger service.
2. Singapore Airlines
Previous rank: 3
Singapore Airlines is famous for offering a highly pleasant flying experience for its passengers. The flight attendants treat passengers with the utmost care and respect. The in-flight entertainment is excellent, cuisine is delicious and seats are comfortable.
1. Qatar Airways
Previous rank: 2
Doha-based Qatar Airways is a consistent winner of the top-spots in the best airlines rankings. The airline offers comfortable economy-class seats, fine meals and state of the art in-flight entertainment. The airline’s fleet of newest aircraft, including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 provide service to over 150 destinations worldwide.