According to leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax’ ranking, Singapore Airlines has been adjudged the best airline in the world for the year 2018. The Singapore-based airline was ranked 2nd in 2017, while in the year 2004, 2007 and 2008 also it had earned laurels at the top. The Singapore-based airline was presented with the award. There are some airlines that scored 2018 Skytrax World Airline awards as the airline of the year.
The best airline in North America was named Air Canada, and the region’s best low-cost flier was WestJet, another Canadian carrier. There was no Indian airline in the top, but top five world’s best airlines and the USA to India flights that serve their services around the globe. The airline has often led the way in premium offerings, with innovations such as its hotel room-style suites with double beds and its consistently best-in-class seating.
- Singapore Airlines (Previous rank: 2)
The home base of this airline is at Changi International Airport. This airline is one of the finest facilities in the world and has been named by Skytrax as the Best Airport in the World five years in a row. The airline also took home the awards for Best Airline in Asia, World’s Best First Class, and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat. Its standout service makes for a pleasant journey during the flight to treat customers with extreme care and respect. Personal TVs with plenty of entertainment options and hot towels served before take-off are just some of the economy perks.
- Qatar Airways (Previous rank: 1)
The Qatar Airways falls back one spot to second. For seat comfort and in-flight entertainment, the Doha-based airline received praise from reviewers. The airline boasts the second best in-flight entertainment system and economy class offering in the world. The airline links over 150 destinations across the globe and is expanding its fleet to include the latest generation of long-haul airliners including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. Qatar also took home the award for Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class, and Best First Class Airline Lounge.
- Emirates (Previous rank: 4)
Dubai based airline, Emirates has developed into one of the world’s premier long-haul carriers. The carrier boasts the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 777 wide-body jets, operating almost exclusively through its palatial hub at Dubai International Airport. Emirates’ state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system includes a wide selection of video and music options on demand. It also allows for live television and sporting events on its “ice” entertainment system-equipped aircraft. In fact, Emirates has taken home Skytrax’s award for Best In-Flight Entertainment 14 years running.
- Cathay Pacific Airways (Previous rank: 5)
A Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific fell back one spot from last year, but the airline still retains its place as one of the most respected carriers from the Pacific Rim. Cathay is one of the finest flying experiences in Asia with a fleet of long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets and a business strategy centered on offering a high frequency of flights. Skytrax reviewers gave the airline high marks for seat comfort, service quality, and in-flight entertainment.
- Lufthansa (Previous rank: 7)
Europe’s largest airline has surged into the top 10 over the past couple of years. Customers have praised Lufthansa for its exceptional service and overall product quality. Lufthansa’s long-haul service is good, but, for the best results, it would be wise to aim for the newer fleets A380 superjumbos and 748-8 Intercontinental jumbo jets. In addition to a top-10 finish, the German national airline also took home the prize for Best Airline in Europe and Best Business Class in Europe.