Friday 21 July 2017

World's Top 10 airlines revealed, but how do Ryanair and Aer Lingus rate?

Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017

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Qatar Airways business class
Aer Lingus Cabin Crew
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Qatar Airways, which recently launched its first services from Dublin, has been named world 'Airline of the Year' for 2017.

The airline topped the poll in the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, described as the 'Oscars' of the aviation industry.

Qatar launched direct flights between Dublin and Doha this month.

Emirates, last year's winner, has dropped to fourth place, with Singapore Airlines placing second and Japan's ANA All Nippon rounding out the Top Three.

Top 10 World Airlines 2017

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. Cathay Pacific
  6. EVA Air
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Etihad Airways
  9. Hainan Airlines
  10. Garuda Indonesia

320 airlines were surveyed, though just the Top 100 are listed.

Aer Lingus ranked as the world's 38th-best airline, up 11 places from 49th last year. Ryanair also made the Top 100, placing 76th after last year ranking 108th.

Other awards saw Aegean voted Europe's best regional airline, Air Canada win best North American airline, and Qatar Airways named world's best business class.

Norwegian, which launches transatlantic flights from Ireland this week, was voted the world's best long-haul low-cost carrier, as well as Europe's best long-haul airline.

Skytrax (worldairlineawards.com) is a London-based air transport rating organisation that undertakes product, service and passenger audits and research studies Qatar Airways also won world's best business class. for airlines, airports and related businesses.

Its World Airline Awards, running since 1999, are compiled using what the consultancy says is the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey.

The awards were announced at this week's Paris Air Show.

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