Skytrax, a review website for airlines and airports, has just released its annual list of World's Best Airlines as part of the Skytrax World Airline Awards. While a couple of familiar names have taken out the top spots, there are a few new names that have edged their way into the top 10.
1. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has been named the best airline in the world for 2017 by the leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax. The Gulf-based carrier was presented with the honor at Tuesday's World Airline Awards at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
2. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines, a perennial favourite in the awards was ranked No. 2 in the world, also receiving awards as the Best Airline in Asia, the World’s Best Business Class seat and for having the Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering.
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 83 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft.
Based in Dubai, the Emirates Group employs over 65,000 staff from more than 170 nationalities. Emirates, which was 2016's winner, landed at fourth place this year.
5. Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific, which has won the award four times, landed in the fifth position this time, down one spot from last year. Also, they came in ninth place for the best cabin crew, and took the eighth spot for the best airline staff in Asia. Cathay Pacific also ranked in the top 10 for the best business and first-class seats and 13th for its premium economy product.
But the carrier was surprisingly omitted from being ranked in the economy class category. This followed an announcement by the airline on installing a 10-seat configuration in its economy-class cabins next year – a move which some passengers have criticised.The World’s Top 20 Airlines 2017: