By G9ija

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 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 favourite of everyone, those that disagree should understand that these are the Passenger’s Choice Award.

Top 10 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

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 Airway

6) Royal Air Maroc

7) Fastjet

8) Mango

9) Egyptair

10) Kulula

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