Wednesday 18 September 2019

Revealed: The world's 10 best airlines

World Airline Awards 2016

Flying high. Photo: Deposit
Flying high. Photo: Deposit
Emirates Boeing 777-300, serving the Dublin to Dubai route.
Emirates Business Class, with 79-inch lie-flat seats...
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Emirates has topped the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, described as the 'Oscars' of the aviation industry.

The Dubai-based airline pips last year's winner, Qatar Airways, to the post for 2016, with Singapore, Cathay Pacific and ANA All Nippon rounding out the Top 5.

World's Top 10 Airlines 2016, by Skytrax:

  1. Emirates
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. ANAs
  6. Etihad Airways
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. EVA Air
  9. Qantas Airways
  10. Lufthansa

Aer Lingus ranks 49th on the Skytrax Top 100.

Ryanair does not make the world Top 100, although it ranks fifth on Skytrax's rating of the best regional airlines in Europe - a list topped by Aegean Airlines.

Other awards saw Qatar Airways win world's best business class and Turkish Airlines take the gong for best airline in Europe, while Norwegian was awarded the title of world's best low-cost airline.

Bangkok Airways was voted world's best regional airline.

emirates biz class seat.jpg
Emirates Business Class, with 79-inch lie-flat seats...

Emirates business class.

Skytrax is a London-based air transport rating organisation that undertakes product, service and passenger audits and research studies 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.

Other awards recognising airlines including those issued in December by, the Australia-based safety and product rating website. Its 2015 list was topped by Air New Zealand, with Qantas placing second and Emirates sixth.

The 2016 Skytrax awards were presented at the Farnborough Airshow.

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