Skytrax Award, World's Top 10 Airlines of 2019

Skytrax announced the best airlines of 2019 at the Paris Air Show earlier this month. Skytrax is a rating agency recognized by airlines worldwide.


The following is a list of all the best airlines worldwide.


1. Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways serves over 140 destinations worldwide, offering excellent levels of service which helped the award-winning carrier to become best in the world.

2018 Ranking: 2 (+1)

Founded Date: 22 November 1993

Alliance: One World Alliance


2. Singapore Airlines

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Singapore Airlines is one of the most reputable Airlines in the entire world. Singapore Airlines flies one of the youngest Aircraft fleet in the world, flying to destinations all over the world. The Singapore Girl (Singapore Airlines' flight attendants) is an internationally recognizable icon of the airlines who provide high standards of care and service that customers expect from Singapore Airlines.

2018 Ranking: 1 (-1)

Founded Date: 1 May 1947

Alliance: Star Alliance


3. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

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ANA is the largest airline in Japan. ANA is a member of Star Alliance and flies to about 80 international destinations and also operates on about 100 domestic routes. ANA is also the launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787. ANA will have a fleet of 83 Boeing 787 when it takes delivery of all their 787 jets on order. ANA is also one of the only airlines that operates all 3 variants of the Boeing 787.

2018 Ranking: 3

Founded Date: 27 December 1952

Alliance: Star Alliance


4. Cathay Pacific Airways

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Cathay Pacific offers a myriad of scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa with enormous fleet of about 200 Aircraft. Cathay Pacific is the founder and member of the One World Alliance. Cathay Pacific has a subsidiary, Cathay Dragon.

2018 Ranking: 6 (+2)

Founded Date: 24 September 1946

Alliance: One World Alliance


5. Emirates

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Emirates is one of the youngest airlines in the world. Emirates started its operations with only two aircraft but before long, has expanded, with a fleet of over 230 aircraft, flying to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. Emirates currently only operate 2 different aircraft types, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380. Emirates is the largest operator of both the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380.

2018 Ranking: 4 (-1)

Founded Date: 25 March 1985

Alliance: NIL


6. EVA Air

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EVA Air is a Taiwanese Airline with its hub at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. EVA serves a global network that connects Asia and China to Europe and North America and Oceania. EVA Air is known for its Hello Kitty Themed Airliner, a Boeing 777 bearing the registration B-16722.

2018 Ranking: 5 (-1)

Founded Date: 8 March 1989

Alliance: Star Alliance


7. Hainan Airlines

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Hainan Airlines is one of the youngest airlines in the world. Hainan Airlines has over 400 Aircraft in operation with 24 bases. Hainan Airlines flies to different parts of Asia, Europe, North America and South Pacific. Hainan was given a 5-star rating last year.

2018 Ranking: 8 (+1)

Founded Date: 1993

Alliance: N/A


8. Qantas Airways

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Qantas is the flag carrier of Australia and a founding member of the One World Alliance. Qantas is Australia's largest domestic and international Airline. In 2017, Qantas was ranked 15.

2018 Ranking: 11 (+1)

Founded Date: 16 November 1920

Alliance: One World Alliance


9. Lufthansa

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Lufthansa is the largest airline in Germany and is one of the five founding members of Star Alliance. Lufthansa operates flights out of Frankfurt Airport, its primary hub, and Munich Airport, its secondary hub. Lufthansa has an enormous fleet of over 250 Aircraft, flying to over 200 destinations.

2018 Ranking: 7 (-2)

Founded Date: 6 January 1953

Alliance: Star Alliance


10. Thai Airways

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Thai Airways is the flag carrier of Thailand. Thai Airways is a founding member of Star Alliance. The company's slogan "Smooth as Silk" is a key brand denominator.

2018 Ranking: 10

Founded Date: 29 March 1960

Alliance: Star Alliance


Note: All ratings are according to Skytrax.

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