The world's best airlines

The world’s best airline for 2019 has been named.

Singapore Airlines has been named the world’s best airline for 2019.

Singapore Airlines won the coveted award from for the first time, following the introduction of new aircraft types A350 and 787-10, revamped interiors and the launch of a non-stop Singapore to New York Service.

The Airline Excellence Awards are judged by seven editors with a combined industry experience of more than 200 years and include criteria such as fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings and staff relations.


Rounding out the top 10 airlines for 2019:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Qantas
  4. Qatar Airways
  5. Virgin Australia
  6. Emirates
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Eva Air
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. Japan Airways


Airline Ratings Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said Singapore Airlines came first in many of the audit criteria in the objective analysis.

For years Singapore Airlines has been the gold standard and now it’s back to its best, leading in passenger innovations and new state-of-the-art aircraft models,” he said.


Airline Excellence Awards winners:

  • Best Premium Economy – Air New Zealand.
  • Best Airline Pacific – Air New Zealand.
  • Best Catering – Qatar Airways.
  • Best Business class – Qatar Airways.
  • Best Domestic Airline Service – Qantas.
  • Best Lounges – Qantas.
  • Best First Class – Singapore Airlines
  • Best Economy – Korean Air.
  • Best Cabin Crew – Virgin Australia.
  • Best Airline Middle East/Africa – Emirates.
  • Best In-Flight Entertainment – Emirates.
  • Best Regional Airline – QantasLink.
  • Most Improved Airline – Philippine Airlines.
  • Best Ultra Low-Cost airline – VietJetAir.
  • Excellence in Long Haul travel - Delta Air Lines (Americas), Lufthansa (Europe), Emirates (Middle-East/Africa) Eva Air (Asia) and Air New Zealand (Pacific.).  
  • Best Low-Cost Airline - Westjet (Americas), Wizz (Europe) and AirAsia / AirAsia X (Asia/Pacific).

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