So how can an airline become the best in the world?
There are several key factors that must be taken into consideration when choosing the best airline in the world, such as safety standards, passenger reviews and feedbacks, quality of service, etc. However, consistency in the quality of service is certainly the most important. That’s why these factors are being reviewed annually.
Skytrax is a UK-based consultancy which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site. It conducts international researches to identify the best airports, the most efficient airlines, the most qualified land and aircraft personnel, the highest quality in-flight entertainment and catering services, etc. Through its work, Skytrax aims to help travelers to choose the company that best suits their needs.
Here is a list of the top 10 airlines in the world and the top 10 low-cost airlines.
Top 10 Airlines in the World in 2019
Here are the Top 10 airlines in the world in 2019 (voted by travelers from around the world)
1. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has grown to more than 140 destinations worldwide in a relatively short period of time. The level of service excellence has helped this multi-award-winning company become the best in the world. The Qatar Airways network covers destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North and South America.
2. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is one of the most respected travel brands in the world. It has some of the world's youngest aircraft fleets in the world flying to various destinations over six continents.
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
ANA All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan. Founded in 1952, ANA flies on about 80 international routes and over 110 domestic routes. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999.
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong based airline which offers services to more than 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of nearly 200 aircraft. Cathay Pacific is founder member of the global alliance Oneworld, and Cathay Dragon is an affiliate member.
Founded in Dubai in 1985, Emirates today has a fleet of over 230 aircraft and currently flies to more than 140 destinations in over 80 countries. The Emirates network is constantly expanding, with more than 1,500 flights departing every week from Dubai to various destinations on six continents.
6. EVA Air
EVA Air was founded in 1989 and is a member of the Star Alliance. EVA serves a global network that connects Asia and Mainland China with Europe, North America and Oceania.
7. Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines was founded in 1993 in Hainan Province. At the end of June 2018, Hainan Airlines and its subsidiaries had over 400 aircraft and 24 bases / affiliates operating.
8. Qantas Airways
Qantas Airways is an Australian company founded in 1920, and it’s one of the founding members of the Oneworld Airlines Alliance. Qantas is currently Australia's largest national and international airline.
Lufthansa is Germany's largest airline and one of the five founding members of the Star Alliance.
10. Thai Airways
Thai Airways was founded in 1988 and is one of the founder members of Star Alliance. Thai Airways, including its subsidiaries, flies to 84 destinations in 37 countries, using a fleet of over 90 aircraft.
See also the Top 100 airlines in the world.
Top 10 Low–Cost Airlines 2019
AirAsia has been named the best low-cost airline in the world for the eleventh year in a row.
EasyJet's low fares have allowed many Europeans to travel to destinations they would otherwise only dream of.
Norwegian airline has been offering low-cost flights only since 2002 but has built an excellent reputation and set a fairly high level for competitors who also operate in continental Europe.
4. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is an independent airline with more than 700 aircraft serving cities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
5. AirAsia X
AirAsia X is a low-cost Malaysia-based airline offering long-haul flights. It is also a subsidiary of AirAsia.
6. Jetstar Airways
Jetstar Airways is an airline operating throughout Australia and the Pacific. The company is a subsidiary of the Australian giant Qantas and as a result has earned a very respectable and reliable reputation.
Founded in 1996, WestJet Airlines is a Canadian airline. Founded as a low-cost alternative to major competing airlines in the country, it today provides scheduled and charter air services to over 100 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
IndiGo is an airline based in Delhi, India. It was founded in 2006 and has quickly become one of the most popular airlines in India and Asia.
Ryanair is a low-cost Irish airline established in 1984 based in Dublin. In 2016, Ryanair was Europe's largest airline for scheduled passenger transport and carried more international passengers than any other airline.
Eurowings is a German low-budget subsidiary of Lufthansa based in Düsseldorf. Eurowings serves major European cities. It has not always been low budget, with lower tariffs only starting in 2014.
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