Qatar claims title of World’s Best Airline for 2019

Posted: 18 June 2019 10:51 pm News

Qatar Airlines plane.

Plus, Qantas returns to the top 10.

The annual Skytrax World Airline Awards have been handed out and the best of the best is officially Qatar Airways.

As a 5-star full-service carrier, Qatar Airways is no stranger to the lauded top spot. Over the past decade, it's been named World's Best Airline in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Unsurprisingly, it cleaned up at the awards this year, coming away with a whopping 10 accolades. This includes World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Seat, Best Airline in the Middle East and Best First and Business Class Lounges in the Middle East.

Last year's winner, Singapore Airlines fell back one place to claim second place this year, while in third place is another consistent player, ANA All Nippon Airlines. The Japanese carrier has been increasingly rising up the ranks over the years, placing fifth in 2017 and third in 2018 and now 2019, making it one to keep an eye on.

Rounding out the top five is Cathay Pacific in fourth place and Emirates in fifth place.

Qantas makes the top 10

Even more exciting than Qatar reclaiming the title of World's Best Airline is Qantas making a triumphant return to the top 10 list. The last time we saw it here was in 2016 when it nabbed ninth place. Now it can gloat that it's done one better, officially the eighth best airline in the world.

This wasn't Qantas's only shining moment at the 2019 Skytrax Airline Awards. Our flagship carrier cleaned up nicely, also taking home the Best Airline in Australia/Pacific, Best First Class in Australia/Pacific and Best Business Class in Australia/Pacific.

Jetstar flew the flag for the budget carriers on our side of the world, winning Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia/Pacific and placing sixth for Best Low-Cost Airline in the World.

Our neighbours across the pond Air New Zealand also did our side of the world proud, snapping up the awards for Best Premium Economy in Australia/Pacific and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Australia/Pacific.

The Skytrax World Airline awards are based on reviews and votes collected by real travellers.

Here are the official top 10 best airlines in the world and the top 10 best airlines in Australia/Pacific.

World's Best Airlines

2019 rank Airline 2018 rank
1
Qatar Airways 2
2
Singapore Airlines 1
3
ANA All Nippon Airways
3
4
Cathay Pacific 6
5
4
6
EVA Air 5
7
Hainan Airlines
8
8
Qantas
11
9
Lufthansa
7
10
Thai Airways 10

Best Airlines in Australia/Pacific

2019 rank Airline 2018 rank
1
Qantas 1
2
Air New Zealand 2
3
3
4
Fiji Airways 5
5
Jetstar
4
6
Tigerair Australia 6
7
Air Tahiti Nui
7
8
AirCalin
8
9
Air Vanuatu 9
10
Air Niugini 10

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