World’s best airlines for 2018 announced [Skytrax Awards]

Leading consumer aviation ranking website Skytrax has named Singapore Airlines as the best airline company in the world for 2018. It’s followed by last year’s winner Qatar Airways and ANA All Nippon Airways. Singapore won the top titles before, in 2004, 2007, and 2008.

The Skytrax rankings, which cover 335 airlines, are calculated based on 49 parameters ranging from punctuality and aircraft conditions to seat comfort and food. Entire 2018 rankings can be found here.

Here are the 20 best airlines in the world for 2018 according Skytrax:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. EVA Air
  6. Cathay Pacific
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Hainan Airlines
  9. Garuda Indonesia
  10. Thai Airways
  11. Qantas Airways
  12. Swiss International Air Lines
  13. Japan Airlines
  14. China Southern Airlines
  15. Etihad Airways
  16. Austrian Airlines
  17. Air New Zealand
  18. Turkish Airlines
  19. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  20. Hong Kong Airlines

Best airlines by 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 — Avianca
North America — Air Canada
Asia — Singapore Airlines
Middle East — Qatar Airways
Europe — Lufthansa

Best low-cost airlines:

Africa — Mango
Australia & Pacific — Jetstar Airways
Asia — AirAsia
Central Asia / India — Indigo
China — West Air
South America — Sky Airline
North America — WestJet
Middle East — Flynas
Europe — Norwegian

Best airline catering:

Economy — Thai Airways
Premium economy — Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Business — Austrian Airlines
First class — Air France

Best seats:

Economy — Japan Airlines
Premium economy — Air New Zealand
Business — Qatar Airways
First class — Singapore Airlines

Best regional airlines:

Africa — Royal Air Maroc
Asia — Bangkok Airways
South America — Azul Brazilian Airlines
Central Asia / India — Azerbaijan Airlines
Europe — Aegean Airlines

Best airline lounges:

First class — Qatar Airways
Airline alliance lounge — Star Alliance Los Angeles
Independent airport lounge — Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal Two

Best airlines staff by region:

Africa — South African Airways
Australia / Pacific — Qantas Airways
Central Asia / India — Vistara
China — Hainan Airlines
Central America / Caribbean — Copa Airlines
South America — Azul Brazilian Airlines
Asia — ANA All Nippon Airways
Middle East — Emirates
Europe — Austrian Airlines

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