As it happens every year, East and Southeast Asia and the Middle East compete head-to-head for having the best airline in the world. The Persian Gulf had imposed itself in the last editions of the World Airline Awards that the consultancy Skytrax delivers, but this time it was the first group.
Singapore Airlines won the first prize in the 2018 edition of the competition. He left Qatar Airways second, having won in 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2011. Emirates, which had been imposed in 2016 and 2013, fell to fourth place.
Skytrax draws on the opinions of frequent travelers to evaluate the performance of more than 525 airlines around the world in aspects such as service and personal attention, food, comfort, entertainment and, of course, safety.
This is the complete ranking of the ten best airlines in the world:
1. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
“I dedicate the award to the 26,000 employees of the group, who focus every day on providing the best experience to our customers,” said the company’s CEO, Goh Choon Phong, upon receiving the award.
2. Qatar Airways (Qatar)
“This prestigious award shows how far we have come in such a short time, in just 20 years we went from being a small regional airline to one with a global reach, committed to innovation and offering the highest standards to our passengers,” said Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of the company.
3. ANA All Nippon Airways (Japan)
Founded in 1952, it flies to 80 international destinations and 110 within Japan. Its frequent flier program has more than 29 million members.
4. Emirates (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
“We always work hard to remain creative, relevant and continue to build content that challenges our multinational and multicultural passengers,” said Patrick Brannelly, vice president of the firm.
5. EVA Air (Taiwan)
“It is a great honor to be recognized by travelers from all over the world, we will never lose sight of our goal of being the best of all,” said company president Clay Sun.
6. Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong)
This recognized airline transports passengers and cargo to more than 200 destinations in different parts of the globe. It has a fleet that approaches 200 aircraft.
7. Lufthansa (Germany)
“We are very aware of the challenge of always keeping up with these awards, which is why we see this recognition as an incentive to fulfill the promise to make our customers, “ said Andreas Otto, Product Manager of the airline.
8. Hainan Airlines (China)
“Winning Skytrax’s 5-star rating for the eighth consecutive year and reaching the eighth place in the world ranking is a testament to the quality of our service and our tireless commitment to achieving the highest safety standards,” said Chen Feng, manager of the company. group.
9. Garuda Indonesia (Indonesia)
“This has a sense of its own for us because of the many operational challenges we face, and Garuda will prove its commitment by continually improving the quality of its renowned cabin service,” said company president Pahala N. Mansury.
10. Thai Airways (Thailand)
It is Thailand’s flag carrier since 1988. It flies to 84 destinations in 37 countries, with a fleet of more than 90 aircraft. Its motto is “soft as silk”.