The Skytrax Airline Awards 2018 (also known as the Oscars of the airline industry) is an annual event to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the industry. The Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018 was held today on July 17, 2018, in London. Out of all the airline rating systems, Skytrax is the most globally recognized. The Skytrax awards rank a variety of airline services, such as economy class cabins, cabin staff, airline lounges, catering, airports, and more.
Today, we would like to present to you the recently announced top 10 World’s Best Airlines of 2018! Let’s get to it!
#1 Singapore Airlines– World’s Best Airline 2018
So this year’s well-deserved winner of the World’s Best Airline 2018 is Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines is no stranger to the World Airline Awards, having won many top awards in the past. Singapore Airlines is one of the only airlines that flies to all six inhabited continents. This year Singapore Airlines also took home World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Seat, and more.
After winning the prestigious title of World’s Best Airline in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, there was no doubt that Qatar Airways would be in the top 10 once more this year. Qatar Airways is known for a very high standard of service – and not only in their business and first class! This year in the Skytrax Airline Awards 2018 they have also won the title of Best Airline in the Middle East, Best Airline First Class Lounge, Best Business Class, Best Business Class Seat and more.
ANA All Nippon Airways of Japan has taken out third place for another year. They are the largest airline in Japan and a member of the Star Alliance. They also won World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness, Best Airline Staff in Asia, and Best Cabin Crew in Japan.
Number four for another year is Emirates, the largest airline in the UAE. Emirates is known all around the world for its standard of quality, and also won awards for the Best Inflight Entertainment, and the Best Airline Staff in the Middle East.
#5 EVA Air
EVA Air of Taiwan has moved up one place this year, overtaking Cathay Pacific. Although a fairly new airline, they are already rated five stars and are known for great service. They also took out an award for World’s Best Airport Services.
Cathay Pacific Airways, the flag carrier of Hong Kong and a mainstay of the top 10 airlines in the world has dropped behind EVA Air this year. Cathay Pacific has previously won the title of World’s Best Airline in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2014.
Lufthansa is once again the only European airline in the top 10 best airlines in the world. At the World Airline Awards 2018, Lufthansa has also won the Best West European Airline, the Best Airline in Europe, and more.
#8 Hainan Airlines
While not so well known in the Western world, Hainan Airlines has won the Best Airline in China and is a 5-star airline. It is the fourth-largest airline in China.
#9 Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia and Hainan Airlines have advanced one place each in the ten best airlines in the world list, due to Etihad’s absence this year. Garuda Indonesia has also won the highly-coveted World’s Best Cabin Crew for the fifth year running! And is the first airline to achieve that feat!
#10 Thai Airways
Thai Airways is rounding out the list at number 10 of the best ten airlines in 2018. Thai Airways has also won the highly desired World’s Best Economy Class award, along with the tantalizing World’s Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.
So, that’s it! Until next year at least!
2018 is actually Skytrax’s 18th anniversary of running the World Airline Awards. The passenger survey for 2017-2018 was completed by 20.36 million participants of over 100 nationalities, covering 335 different airlines!