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Skytrax has released its annual World Airline Awards, with Qatar Airways reclaiming the #1 spot from Singapore Airlines. This marks the fifth time Qatar has been so honored, having previously won in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

"It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry," Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement. The company has a lot to celebrate, as it also claimed the prizes for World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Skytrax’s awards, widely regarded as being among the industry’s most prestigious, are voted on by customers themselves.

Of the top 10, only two — Australia's Qantas Airways and Germany's Lufthansa — hail from outside Asia. The only American company to win any award is United Airlines, which was singled out for its Business Class Lounge.

Avail yourself of the full list below:

World's Best Airlines for 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

World's Cleanest Airlines for 2019


1. EVA Air

2. Japan Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Singapore Airlines

5. Asiana Airlines

6. Hainan Airlines

7. Swiss International Air Lines

8. Cathay Pacific

9. Qatar Airways

10. Lufthansa

Best Airlines by Global Region


Northern Europe: Finnair

Western Europe: Lufthansa

Eastern Europe: Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Africa: Ethiopian Airlines

Australia / Pacific: Qantas Airlines

Central Asia / India: Air Astana

China: Hainan Airlines

Central America / Caribbean: Copa Airlines

South America: LATAM

North America: Air Canada

Asia: Singapore Airlines

Middle East: Qatar Airways

Europe: Lufthansa

Best Low-Cost Airlines


Africa: Fastjet

Australia & Pacific: Jetstar Airways

Asia: AirAsia

Central Asia / India: IndiGo

China: West Air

South America: Sky Airline

Canada: WestJet

Middle East: Flynas

Europe: EasyJet

Best Airline Catering

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Economy: EVA Air

Premium Economy: Austrian Airlines

Business: ANA All Nippon Airways

First Class: Air France

Best Airline Seats


Economy: Japan Airlines

Premium economy: Virgin Atlantic

Business: Qatar Airways

First class: Singapore Airlines

Best Regional Airlines

World's Best Regional Airline: Bangkok Airways

Africa: Royal Air Maroc

Asia: Bangkok Airways

South America: Azul Brazilian Airlines

North America: JetBlue Airways

Central Asia / India: Azerbaijan Airlines

Best Airline Lounges


First class: Swiss International Airlines

Business Class Lounge: United Airlines

Airline alliance lounge: Star Alliance Los Angeles

Independent airport lounge: Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal Two

First class lounge dining: Air France

Best Airlines Staff Service by Global Region


Africa: South African Airways

Australia / Pacific: Fiji Airways

Central Asia / India: Vistara

China: Hainan Airlines

Central America / Caribbean: Copa Airlines

South America: Azul Brazilian Airlines

North America: Delta Air Lines

Asia: Thai Airways

Middle East: Flynas

Europe: British Airways

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