Asian airlines dominate Skytrax’s top 10

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Asian airlines dominated Skytrax’s 2017 top 10 rankings of the World Airlines Awards taking six of the 10 leading slots.

Qatar Airways took the top award, but Singapore Airlines was a close second, while Japan’s ANA was third, Cathay Pacific fifth, Taiwan’s EVA sixth, China’s Hainan ninth and Indonesia’s Garuda 10th.

Middle East Airlines, Qatar (first) Emirates, fourth and Etihad, eighth, illustrated the brand strength of the three gateway carriers that now carry the lion’s share of the traffic between Southeast Asia and Europe.

Lufthansa, at seventh place, was the sole representative of Europe’s airlines to reach the top 10.

Qatar Airways was named the World’s Best Airline, voted by travellers across the world in the annual passenger survey.

The Doha based carrier won the prestigious Airline of the Year title for a fourth time.

It also enjoyed further success by winning major Skytrax awards for the World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best First Class Lounge and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Singapore Airlines, a perennial favourite in the awards was ranked second and also received awards as the Best Airline in Asia, the World’s Best Business Class seat and for having the Best Premium Economy On-board Catering.

Thai Airways International at 11th place on the World’s Top 100 Airlines ranking, fell just short of reaching the top 10, but improved its overall ranking from 13th in 2016. The airline’s objective is to break into the top 10 in 2018, a goal that is in striking distance.

However the airline did win three Skytrax awards for the World’s Best Economy Class, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa (third in a row) and Best Economy Class On-board Catering.

Bangkok Airways won the Skytrax”World’s Best Regional Airline” and “Best Regional Airline in Asia awards for the third time. Overall, its ranking on the top 100 airlines list was 21st, down from 20th in 2016.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the ninth time in a row. It was ranked 26th on the top 100 airlines list.

If there are hints and tips on how to buy and book air travel then the rankings and awards might suggest if we are looking for the best economy then buy a flight on Thai Airways International, but it won’t be as cheap as some of the competitors higher up the chart.

If cheap, but not nasty, is the criteria then AirAsia is the big winner, while if we want to enjoy great service and a regional network then Bangkok Airways would be in the frame.

But without a doubt Qatar takes the crown deservedly as its quality delivery comes with competitively priced tickets across all classes. A hard act to follow, even for Singapore Airlines that has worn the top crown so often.

World Airline Awards are recognised for clarity and independence, with no outside sponsorship or external influence.  The survey enables any airline in the world to be nominated, allowing travellers to make their own choice, underlining the brand as the passenger’s choice awards.

19.87 million eligible survey entries were counted in the final results, and 105 nationalities participated in the survey from August 2016 to May 2017. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring Quality standards for 41 KPI’s across front-line product and service factors in the Airport and On-board environments.

The World’s Top 100 Airlines – 2017

2016 Rating
1 Qatar Airways 2
2 Singapore Airlines 3
3 ANA All Nippon Airways 5
4 Emirates 1
5 Cathay Pacific 4
6 EVA Air 8
7 Lufthansa 10
8 Etihad Airways 6
9 Hainan Airlines 12
10 Garuda Indonesia 11
11 Thai Airways 13
12 Turkish Airlines 7
13 Virgin Australia 18
14 Swiss Int’l Air Lines 15
15 Qantas Airways 9
16 Japan Airlines 21
17 Austrian 19
18 Air France 14
19 Air New Zealand 17
20 Asiana Airlines 16
21 Bangkok Airways 20
22 KLM 24
23 China Southern 32
24 Hong Kong Airlines 29
25 Finnair 27
26 AirAsia 23
27 Cathay Dragon 22
28 Norwegian 30
29 Air Canada 31
30 Aeroflot 40
31 Malaysia Airlines 34
32 Delta Air Lines 35
33 Virgin Atlantic 28
34 Korean Air 36
35 China Airlines 37
36 Alaska Airlines 60
37 Aegean Airlines 33
38 Aer Lingus 49
39 jetBlue Airways 53
40 British Airways 26
41 easyJet 38
42 Iberia 52
43 Virgin America 25
44 Jetstar Airways 46
45 AirAsiaX 48
46 Air Astana 43
47 Vietnam Airlines 44
48 Ethiopian Airlines 76
49 South African Airways 41
50 Avianca 56
51 Saudi Arabian Airlines 82
52 Azul Brazilian 55
53 Oman Air 42
54 Southwest Airlines 66
55 Porter Airlines 47
56 SilkAir 39
57 Indigo 51
58 WestJet 50
59 LATAM 45
60 Scoot 61
61 Jetstar Asia 54
62 TAP Air Portugal 64
63 Alitalia 58
64 Eurowings 75
65 SAS Scandinavian 62
66 Thomson Airways 65
67 Philippine Airlines 83
68 Brussels Airlines 59
69 Copa Airlines 69
70 Air Transat 88
71 Azerbaijan Airlines 70
72 China Eastern 79
73 Jet Airways 71
74 American Airlines 77
75 Fiji Airways 91
76 Ryanair 108
77 Air Mauritius 73
78 United Airlines 68
79 LOT Polish 92
80 Air Seychelles 63
81 SriLankan Airlines 67
82 Icelandair 81
83 Juneyao Airlines 90
84 Gulf Air 80
85 Air Berlin 74
86 Hawaiian Airlines 72
87 American Eagle Airlines 84
88 Vueling 109
89 Air Nostrum 89
90 Tigerair 97
91 Kenya Airways 85
92 Royal Brunei Airlines 95
93 Air Malta 101
94 Xiamen Airlines 110
95 S7 Airlines 104
96 Peach 78
97 Royal Air Maroc 115
98 Air China 87
99 Air Canada rouge 131
100 Aeromexico 94

Note: The Survey covered more than 320 airlines, but Skytrax publishes just the top 100 airlines.

(Source: Skytrax)

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