Best Airlines In the World

These stand-out airlines were voting upon by passengers.
These stand-out airlines were voting upon by passengers.

Airlines have been ranked since 1991 with the best airlines in different categories recognized. The reputation of the ranking of airlines has been based on strict adherence the founding principles when the awards began in 1991. The award is based on an impartial independent passenger survey. Customers are required to make independent, personal choices as to which airline satisfies their needs. Some of the categories considered under considerations for the awards include World’s Best Airline, Best Airline by Cabin, Best Airline by Region, Best Airline Cabin Staff, and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness among other categories.

World's Best Airlines


Emirates airline was founded in 1985 with just two aircraft flying to Dubai. The airline now has a fleet of over 230 aircraft flying to around 150 destinations in over 85 countries around the globe. Its network has expanded to offer almost 1,500 flights departing Dubai to several destinations. Emirates was voted the Best Airline in the World by customers in 2016 winning the top prize for the fourth time in the history of its operations. The airline also won the top prize in the Inflight Entertainment category. Emirates Airline also improved its ranking across a range of awards categories including First, Business, and Economy Class awards. It was also ranked among the top ten Best Cabin Staff airlines.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has grown to fly to over 140 destinations across the world within a short period of time. Qatar Airways is known for service, modern aircraft, and a global network. The airline ranked second Best Airline in the World and also scooped a range of awards including Best Business Class and Best Airline Staff in the Middle East. The airways networks with business and leisure destination around the world and is also a member of the Oneworld global airline alliance.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is among the popular travel brands in the world operating some of the modern aircraft fleets to several networks in over six continents. It is the flag carrier for Singapore with its headquarters at Singapore Changi Airport. The airline offers a high standard of care to its customers and those using the airline. The airline offers five classes of services including premium economy and suites on top of the normal first, business, and economy classes. Singapore Airlines was ranked the best airline in Asia and the third best in the world. The airline also won the Best Business Class Airline Seat award.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific airline has been awarded the Best Airline for the fourth time in the history of the airline awards. The airline was voted Airline of the Year in 2014 but was ranked fourth during the last edition of awards. The airline operates over 150 aircraft to over 150 destinations around the world. The airline works in partnership with other airlines including Air Hong Kong and Dragonair. It was also declared the World’s Best airline for cabin Cleanliness with its newly renovated facilities in Hong Kong receiving an award for the Best First Class Lounge.


ANA, All Nippon Airway, is a Japanese airline founded in 1952. It is the world’s 13th largest airline by revenue and the largest in Japan. The airline flies to over 70 international destinations and almost 120 domestic routes and has a fleet size of about 235 aircraft. The domestic network covers the whole of Japan. It is the largest operator of the Boeing 787. ANAs Airways ranked 5th Best Airline in the globe and also won the award for the Best Airport Services and the Best Airline Staff in Asia.

About Skytrax

The organization that is responsible for the ranking of airline is known as Skytrax. It undertakes qualitative audit and research studies for air related transport across the world. The organization manages two main Passenger Surveys including world airline and world airport industry. The ranking of airlines and airport industry are published annually with airlines and airports awarded under several categories. The awards were initiated in 1991 with the focus on the customer’s personal choices on their preferred airlines.

Best Airlines In the World

RankAirline Name
2Qatar Airways
3Singapore Airlines
4Cathay Pacific
6Etihad Airways
7Turkish Airlines
8EVA Air
9Qantas Airways
11Garuda Indonesia
12Hainan Airlines
13Thai Airways
14Air France
15Swiss Int'l Air Linrd
16Asiana Airlines
17Air New Zealand
18Virgin Australia
20Bangkok Airways
21Japan Airlines
25Virgin America

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