The Top Ten Airlines in the World

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The World Airline Awards is one of the most prestigious awards that ranks the world’s top airlines. Its known as the Oscars of the airline industry, and the 2017 edition of the awards were held at the Paris Air Show. The World Airlines Awards is organized by Skytrax, a United Kingdom-based consultancy.

Qatar Airways netted the top position at the 2017 World Airline Awards. This is the fourth time that the airlines have won the award. Founded in 1993, the airlines also won honors for Best First-Class Airline Lounge, World’s Best Business Class; and Best Airline in the Middle East. Currently the airline employs approximately 40,000 people, and links 150 destinations spanning from the Americas to Oceania.

Singapore Airlines took second place as the best airline in the world. Covering approximately 64 destinations, the airlines was also the Best Airline in Asia, Best Business Class Airline Seat, and Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering.

Coming at the third spot was ANA All Nippon Airways of Japan. Founded in 1952, the airlines has 20,000 employees, as of March 2016. The Dubai-based Emirates grabbed the fourth spot. Reaching 140 destinations around the world, Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East. Hong Kong’s flag-ship carrier Cathay Pacific placed fifth.

EVA Air came at the sixth spot. EVA Air is a premier airline based in Taiwan and covers 40 destinations in Australia, Asia, North America, and Europe. At the seventh spot is Lufthansa, the largest airline of Germany. Lufthansa is the only European airline to rank among the top ten. The airline has been named the Best Airline in Europe.

The eighth spot was occupied by Etihad Airways. The UAE-based airline has also won awards for Best First Class Onboard Catering, World’s Best First-Class, and Best First-Class Seat. The ninth and tenth spots have gone to the China-based Hainan Airlines, and Garuda Indonesia respectively.

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