For all you travel buffs out there, of course you want to travel on the best possible airline, don’t you? Well now you can. The results for 2013 are in, and here they are:
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. ANA All Nippon Airways
5. Asiana Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Etihad Airways
8. Garuda Indonesia
9. Turkish Airlines
Compare this with results for 2012 here.
The World Airline Awards are determined by passenger surveys conducted by research firm Skytrax, who surveyed more than 18 million passengers.
As always, it was Middle-Eastern and Asian carriers that dominated the top spots, with no airlines from the US or Europe cracking the top 10.
Last year’s No.1 airline, Qatar Airways, dropped one place to number two, while Singapore Airlines remained in third place for the second year in a row.
Emirates president Tim Clark said the awards were regarded as the industry’s benchmark for excellence.
Emirates recently began an alliance with QANTAS which saw Australia’s national carrier make Dubai its new hub for flights into Europe.
QANTAS was also awarded Best Airline Australia-Pacific and budget offshoot Jetstar Airways won Best Low Cost Airline for our region.
A surprise result was also the continued rise of Garuda Airlines, which moved from number 11 to number 8. The airline, which was banned by the European Union from flying to Europe due to safety concerns until mid-2009, has made great efforts to improve its safety and service levels in recent years.
Turkish Airlines, which recently signalled its intention to become the world’s first airline to fly non-stop between Australia and Europe, also made the top 10. Turkish Airlines is currently the fastest growing carrier in the world.