The A350-900. Photo: Singapore Airlines.

After a five year stint atop the world’s best airlines rankings, Air New Zealand has finally been dethroned.

Denying the New Zealand carrier from clinching a sixth consecutive crown in the awards was Singapore Airlines. The new world’s best has reaped the fruits of among others, recently launching an over 17-hour flight from Singapore to New York, the world’s longest non-stop flight.

Singapore Airlines moved from third place to topple last year’s winner, in a move that provided a minor shake-up in the top 10 airlines ranking. wrote in a blog post, “Singapore was honored for the first time for its market leadership in in-flight service, new aircraft types such as the A350 and 787-10, revamped interiors and the launch of the non-stop Singapore to New York service as well as operational safety.”

Making up the rest of the top ten list were Air New Zealand, Qantas, Qatar Airways, V****n Australia, Emirates, All Nippon Airways, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways and Japan Airlines respectively.

Qatar Airways in fourth spot, Emirates in sixth and Eva Air in eigth place were newcomers who managed to edge out Korean Air, Etihad Airways and V****n Atlantic from the top ten list.

Top Ten Airlines in the World

1. Singapore Airlines

2. Air New Zealand

3. Qantas

4. Qatar Airways

5. V****n Australia

6. Emirates

7. All Nippon Airways

8. EVA Air

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

10. Japan Airlines

To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort, said.

The unique seven-star rating system was developed by after two years of evaluation. With a combined 200 years of industry experience, the editors of also look for a consistent level of service, innovation and staff engagement from each major contender.

Other criteria include fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, and investment rating.

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In other award categories, the world’s best airline managed to retain the Best First Class award that it had been awarded last year but lost its title as Best Cabin Crew to V****n Australia.

Qatar’s Qsuite. Photo: Qatar.

Qantas managed to scoop three awards in Best Regional Airline, Best Domestic Service and Best Lounges.

In Flight Entertainment went to Emirates, with Qatar Airways scooping In Flight Catering as well as Best Business Class.

Economy Class award was handed to Korean Air, with Best Premium Economy going to Air New Zealand.


Phillipine Airlines was awarded the Most Improved Airline in the world.

Full List of Winners

Airline Of The Year – Singapore Airlines

Best First Class – Singapore Airlines

Best Business Class – Qatar Airways

Best Premium Economy – Air New Zealand

Best Economy Class – Korean Air

Most Improved Airline – Philippine Airlines

Inflight Catering Award – Qatar Airways

In Flight Entertainment Award – Emirates

Best Cabin Crew – V****n Australia

Best Lounges – Qantas

Best Low Fare Carrier Asia /Pacific – Airasia X

Best Low Fare Carrier Europe – Wizz

Best Low Fare Carrier Americas – Jetblue Airways

Best Regional Airline – Qantas

Long Haul Americas – Westjet

Long Haul Middle East /Africa – Emirates

Long Haul Airline Asia – Eva Air

Long Haul Airline Pacific – Air New Zealand

Long Haul Europe – Lufthansa

Best Domestic Service – Qantas




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