Competition continues to heat up between two of the best carriers in the world continues as Singapore Airlines steals back the crown of ‘World’s Best Airline’ from Middle Eastern rival, Qatar Airways.

The Singaporean carrier won back the title of ‘World’s Best Airline’ in this year’s Skytrax awards, one year after losing it to Qatar Airways and its revolutionary Qsuite Business Class.

Skytrax’s Edward Plaisted said that Singapore Airlines took the top spot for a fourth time because of its ‘wow’ factor and consistency in scoring highly across product and service.


“We congratulate Singapore Airlines on this fabulous achievement.”

Edward Plaisted, Skytrax

In addition to winning ‘World’s Best Airline’, the carrier also took home the award for ‘World’s Best First Class’ for its recently launched A380 suites, which offer flyers exclusivity, intimate privacy, lavish furnishing and extra space. Click here to read more about it.

Singapore Airlines’ Chief Executive, Goh Choon Phong, dedicated both wins to his employees who “focus every day on delivering the world’s best travel experience to our customers”.

Meanwhile, it’s not all bad news for Qatar Airways, which is now the ‘World’s Second Best Airline’ and the ‘World’s Best Airline in the Middle East’ with the ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ – the revolutionary Qsuite featuring private seats that come together to form double beds and four-way meeting tables. Click here to read more about the product.

Other winners this year included Gardua Indonesia, which continues to have the ‘World’s Best Cabin Crew’, Thai Airways for ‘World’s Best Economy Class’, Bangkok Airways for ‘World’s Best Regional Airline’, All Nippon Airways for ‘World’s Cleanest Aircraft Cabins’ and China Southern for ‘World’s Most Improved Airlines’. Click here for more award winners.

The full list of World’s 10 Best Airlines are:


1. Singapore Airlines



2. Qatar Airways


3. All Nippon Airways


4. Emirates

Emirates A380 staff


5. Eva Air


6. Cathay Pacific


7. Lufthansa



8. Hainan Airlines



9. Garuda Indonesia


10. Thai Airways


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