And the world’s best airline is…

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Emirates earned the title of World’s Best Airline this week during the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.

Emirates earned the title of World’s Best Airline this week during the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.

The Dubai-based airline was voted top airline by more than 18 million travelers from 160 countries worldwide, whose judging criteria included friendliness of staff, in-flight amenities and meal quality. Skytrax has been conducting the passenger survey since 1999.

Emirates president Tim Clark receiving the award with cabin crew (Image: Skytrax)
Emirates president Tim Clark receiving the award with cabin crew (Image: Skytrax)

Emirates also won top honors for Best Inflight Entertainment and Best Middle East Airline.

Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said in a release, “These awards are widely regarded as the industry’s benchmark for Excellence. For us, the awards clearly reflect a vote of confidence from global travellers, who acknowledge and appreciate our continuous drive to deliver high-quality service. To be voted ‘World’s Best Airline’ by millions of discerning travellers really is something for our 60,000 strong workforce to be proud of.”

Qatar Airways, which held the World’s Best Airline title in 2011 and 2012, came in second place this year. The top 10 list was rounded out by Asian carriers like Singapore Airlines, ANA All Nippon Airways and Asiana Airlines, as well as Turkish Airlines and Qantas Airways.

So, how did U.S.-based airlines stack up against the global competition?

Not well, it seems.

The top ranking U.S. carrier was Virgin America, coming in at number 27. The only other U.S. carriers to crack the top 50 were Delta Air Lines and jetBlue Airways, coming in at number 45 and 46, respectively.

Below are a few highlights of this year’s results. The full results can be viewed on the Skytrax World Airline Awards website.

Skytrax World Airline Awards: Best Airline of the Year

  1. Emirates
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. ANA All Nippon Airways
  5. Asiana Airlines
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Etihad Airways
  8. Garuda Indonesia
  9. Turkish Airlines
  10. Qantas Airways

Best Low-Cost Airlines

AirAsia

Air Asia (Image: Marufish used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Air Asia (Image: Marufish used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Best Low-Cost Airline – North America

Virgin America

Best Airline Staff Service in North America

Virgin America

Virgin America (Image: Kentaro IEMOTO@Tokyo used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Virgin America (Image: Kentaro IEMOTO@Tokyo used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Best Regional Airline – North America

jetBlue Airways

Best North American Airline

Air Canada

Best Economy Class Seats

Garuda Indonesia

Best Economy Class Catering

Asiana Airlines

(Main image: Gordon Werner)

And the world’s best airline is… was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.