The World’s Best Airlines! Who Made The Cut?

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Mr. Tim Clark, President of Emirates, receives the Airline of the Year Award at the Paris Air Show

Mr. Tim Clark, President of Emirates, receives the Airline of the Year Award at the Paris Air Show

Skytrax  has unveiled its 2013 top 10 list of  the ‘Best Airlines in the World’ at the Paris Air Show today, with Emirates taking the top spot and, Qantas Airways, just making the cut, placing at #10.

It’s a bitter sweet victory for Qantas as the aussie airline favorite lost out to Virgin Australia last year for the coveted Skytrax prize of  ‘Australia’s Best Airline.’

Qantas, who had partnered with Emirates this year, redirecting its flights through Dubai before reaching the UK, has seen the UAE airline fly high above the rest landing Skytrax’ 2013 ‘Best Inflight Entertainment’ award. 

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group, has said it’s been an amazing year for the airline giant exclaiming, they’ve made enhancements within its fleet department.

Qantas upgrades include:  providing comfy mattresses for its business class travelers who fly internationally, streaming inflight movies and shows via iPads and, revising Qantas’ wine lists and menu selections.

Thrilled with Qantas’ standing, Mr. Joyce noted:  “We now have one of the youngest fleets of any legacy airline in the world. We have invested in more training, new lounges and better on-board products.  We pride ourselves on safety and on being the most on-time airline in Australia. The Skytrax result shows how these efforts add up to create a superior experience for passengers.”

Managers and staff from many One World Alliance Airlines celebrate their success at the World Airline Awards, at the Paris Air Show

Managers and staff from many One World Alliance Airlines celebrate their success at the World Airline Awards, at the Paris Air Show

Sourly missing from Skytrax’ ‘best of’ lists were the United States and the UK.   

Take a look at Skytrax’ 2013 ‘best of’!

Top 10 Airlines in the World 

1. Emirates
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. ANA All Nippon Airways
5. Asiana Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific Airways
7. Etihad Airways
8. Garuda Indonesia
9. Turkish Airlines
10.Qantas Airways

World’s Best Economy Class – Garuda Indonesia
World’s Best Premium Economy Class – Air New Zealand
World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class – AirAsia X
World’s Best Business Class – Qatar Airways
World’s Best First Class – Etihad Airways
World’s Best Inflight Entertainment – Emirates
World’s Best Airline Alliance – Oneworld Alliance
World’s Best Airport Services – ANA All Nippon Airways
World’s Best Leisure Airline – Thomson Airways
World’s Best Regional Airline – Dragonair
World’s Most Improved Airline – Transaero Airlines
World’s Best Low-Cost Airline – AirAsia
World’s Best Cabin Staff – Cathay Pacific Airways
 
Best Airline Staff Service in Australia & Pacific – Virgin Australia
Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia & India – Air Astana
Best Airline Staff Service in Africa – Ethiopian Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in China – Hainan Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in Asia – Asiana Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in Europe – KLM
Best Airline Staff Service in Middle East – Qatar Airways
Best Airline Staff Service in Central America & Caribbean – Copa Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in North America – Virgin America
Best Airline Staff Service in South America – Avianca
 
Best Regional Airline in Asia – Dragonair
Best Regional Airline in China – Shenzhen Airlines
Best Regional Airline in Europe – Aegean Airlines
Best Regional Airline in North America – jetBlue Airways
Best Regional Airline in South America – Austral
 
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering – Asiana Airlines
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering – Air New Zealand
Best Business Class Onboard Catering – Turkish Airlines
Best First Class Onboard Catering – Etihad Airways
Best Airline Signature Dish – Malaysia Airlines
 
Best Economy Class Airline Seat – Garuda Indonesia
Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat – Air New Zealand
Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class Seat – AirAsia X
Best Business Class Airline Seat – Japan Airlines
Best First Class Airline Seat – Etihad Airways
 
Best Airline in Northern Europe – Finnair
Best Airline in Southern Europe – Turkish Airlines
Best Airline in Eastern Europe – Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Best Airline in Western Europe – Lufthansa
Best Airline in Africa – South African Airways
Best Airline in Australia & Pacific – Qantas Airways
Best Airline in Central Asia & India – Air Astana
Best Airline in China – Hainan Airlines
Best Airline in Asia – Singapore Airlines
Best Airline in the Middle East – Emirates
Best Airline in Central America & Caribbean – Copa Airlines
Best Airline in North America – Air Canada
Best Airline in South America – LAN Airlines
Best Airline in Europe – Turkish Airlines
Best Airline Transatlantic – Lufthansa
Best Airline Transpacific – Cathay Pacific Airways

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