Singapore Airlines beaten to world's best airline award by Qatar Airways

While Singapore Airlines missed out on being named best airline, it won several key awards including best cabin crew, best first class, best airline in Asia, and best first-class seat.
While Singapore Airlines missed out on being named best airline, it won several key awards including best cabin crew, best first class, best airline in Asia, and best first-class seat.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been beaten to the world's best airline title by Qatar Airways.

The Gulf carrier reclaimed the top spot - which it ceded to SIA in last year's edition - at the 2019 World Airline Awards in Paris on Tuesday (June 18).

While SIA missed out on being named best airline, it won several key awards including best cabin crew, best first class, best airline in Asia, and best first-class seat.

It is the fifth time that Qatar Airways has been named the world's best airline, after winning the award in 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2011.

The airline also clinched awards for best business class, best business-class seat and best airline in the Middle East.

"It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry," says Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways came in third among the best airlines, with Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific and Emirates coming in fourth and fifth respectively.

 
 

Malaysian carrier AirAsia was named the world's best low-cost airline, while Taiwan's EVA Air clinched the award for cleanest airline.

Other winners include Bangkok Airways for world's best regional airline, Philippine Airlines as the most improved airline and Star Alliance as the best airline alliance.

The World Airline Awards, organised by London-based research firm Skytrax, are among the most prestigious in the airline industry.

The rankings are based on surveys done by global travellers and more than 21 million votes were counted in this year's survey, which was operated from September 2018 to May 2019.

WORLD'S BEST AIRLINES 2019

1. Qatar Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Cathay Pacific

5. Emirates

6. EVA Air

7. Hainan Airlines

8. Qantas Airways

9. Lufthansa

10. Thai Airways