Best airlines for 2019 named: Singapore is No1 overall, Qatar scoops the business class prize, Korea Air gets the economy gong and Virgin Australia is rated top for cabin crew
- Singapore Airlines also wins award for having the best first class cabin for 2019
- Qatar Airways’ wins the title for best business class cabin thanks to its Q-suites
- Qantas is named best for both lounges and domestic flights
Singapore Airlines has been named as the best carrier in the world for 2019.
The carrier, which currently flies the longest commercial service in the world from Singapore to New York, has received the accolade from AirlineRatings.com – a website that ranks airlines on safety and in-flight experience.
It beats last year’s winner, Air New Zealand, to the top spot, while the Australian flag carrier, Qantas, comes third.
Singapore Airlines has been named as the best in the world for 2019 by AirlineRatings.com. It also came top in the first class cabin category, thanks to its stunning suites (pictured)
AirlineRatings.com said Singapore Airlines was simply the ‘gold standard’ carrier. Pictured is one of its Airbus A380s
THE BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD 2019
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Air New Zealand
4. Qatar Airways
5. Virgin Australia
7. All Nippon Airways
8. EVA Air
9. Cathay Pacific Airways
10. Japan Airlines
Qatar Airways is named as the fourth best airline followed by Virgin Australia.
There are no UK or US-based carriers in the top 10.
Dubai-based Emirates is in sixth place, followed by All Nippon Airways (seventh), EVA Air (eighth), Cathay Pacific (ninth) and Japan Airlines (10th).
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AirlineRatings.com, based in Australia, said it chose Singapore Airlines as its winner because it came out number one in virtually all of the criteria including financial performance, staff and operational safety and that it quite simply is ‘gold standard’.
Meanwhile the airline also wins the website’s title for having the best first class cabin with Singapore’s ‘suites’ product praised for being the ‘equivalent of a small hotel room’.
Qatar Airways is named as having the best business class cabin thanks to its Q-suites, pictured, which are unique in offering double beds at this level. Overall, the airline is fourth
Korea Air scoops the top accolade in the economy cabin category
The best business class award goes to Qatar Airways, thanks to its Q-suites, the first-ever to feature a double bed and it is also named best for catering.
The best premium economy cabin has been won by Air New Zealand while the best economy award goes to Korea Air.
Qantas is named best for both lounges and domestic flights while its subsidiary, Qantas Link, wins regional airline of the year.
The most improved airline is Phillipine Airlines, the best cabin crew, Virgin Australia, best ultra-low-cost carrier is VietJet and Emirates is named best for in-flight entertainment.
The cocktail bar inside the Qantas lounge at London Heathrow Airport. Qantas has been named as having the best lounges in the AirlineRatings.com awards 2019
The winners in the best low-cost category are Westjet (Americas), AirAsia/AirAsia X (Asia-Pacific) and Wizz (Europe).
Emirates (Middle East), EVA Air (Asia-Pacific), Lufthansa (Europe) and Delta (Americas) are named as the top long-haul carriers.
Endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, AirlineRatings.com rates the safety and in-flight product of 450 airlines using a seven-star rating system.
WORLD’S BEST AIRLINES 2019
Airline of the Year: Singapore Airlines
Best Long-Haul Airline: Emirates (Middle East), EVA Air (Asia-Pacific), Lufthansa (Europe) and Delta (Americas)
Best Low-Cost Airline: Westjet (Americas), AirAsia/AirAsia X (Asia-Pacific) and Wizz (Europe)
Best First Class: Singapore Airlines
Best Business Class: Qatar Airways
Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand
Best Economy: Korea Air
Best Lounges: Qantas
Best Catering: Qatar Airways
Best In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates
Best Domestic Class: Qantas
Regional Airline of the Year: QantasLink
Most Improved Airline: Philippine Airlines
Best Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier: VietJet
Best Cabin Crew: Virgin Australia
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