The top 10 airlines of 2019 revealed
Every year since 1999, Skytrax has announced the ranking of the top 10 airlines in the world for the year at the annual World Airline Awards. According to Skytrax, more than 20 million survey entries were recorded between September 2018 and May 2019 for this year’s awards, with voters coming from more than 100 different countries. As usual, the top 10 was dominated by Asian and Middle Eastern airlines.
10. Thai Airways International
THAI is the flag carrier airline of Thailand, formed in 1988, and a founding member of the Star Alliance. Including its subsidiaries, Thai Airways flies to 84 destinations in 37 countries, using a fleet of over 90 aircraft. Thai Airways also made the list in 2018.
Lufthansa is the largest airline in Germany and one of the five founding members of Star Alliance. Lufthansa’s primary hub is Frankfurt Airport, with Munich Airport being the airline’s secondary hub. The German company is the only European airline to make the top 10 this year.
Founded in 1920, Qantas is the flag carrier of Australia and a founding member of the oneworld airline alliance. Qantas is now Australia’s largest domestic and international airline.
7. Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines was founded in 1993 in Hainan Province and stands out as a rising star in the awards. At the end of June 2018, the airline and its holding subsidiaries had over 400 aircraft in operation and 24 bases/branch companies. Hainan Airlines network covers China, numerous points in Asia and extends to Europe, North America and the South Pacific.
6. EVA Air
EVA Air was established in 1989 and is a member of Star Alliance. EVA serves a global network that connects Asia and Mainland China to Europe, North America and Oceania and links more than 60 major business and tourist destinations.
Founded in 1985, when it was flying out of Dubai with just two aircraft, Emirates now has a fleet of more than 230 aircraft and currently flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. The Emirates network is expanding constantly, with over 1,500 flights departing Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents.
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
The Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group offers scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of close to 200 aircraft. Cathay Pacific is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance and Cathay Dragon is an affiliate member.
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
ANA All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan. Founded in 1952, ANA flies to around 80 international routes and over 110 domestic routes. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 29 million members. ANA was the launch customer and is the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
2. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is one of the most respected travel brands around the world. Flying one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world to destinations spanning a network over six continents, its prestige is embodied by the Singapore Girl, an internationally recognisable icon providing the high standards of care and service that customers have come to expect of Singapore Airlines.
1. Qatar Airways
In a relatively short time, Qatar Airways has grown to encompass a network of more than 140 destinations worldwide, offering levels of service excellence that helped the award-winning carrier to become best in the world. Qatar Airways’ network spans business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. Ranked second last year, Qatar has won first place over Singapore Airlines for 2019. This is the fifth time the Middle East carrier has taken the top spot in the awards.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said, “To be named as the World’s Best Airline is a great recognition of Qatar Airways’ high standards, and recognises the hard work and dedication from every member of staff to satisfy customers.”
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