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Singapore Airlines emerges as the world’s top airline in 2018

It is official. Singapore Airlines is the world’s top airlines in the annual Skytrax World Airline awards, an accolade it last held in 2008. This is the fourth time the airline earned the title since the prestigious award (equivalent to the Oscars in the aviation world) was established in 1999.

The awards were announced in London yesterday (alongside the Farnborough International Airshow), based on surveys of over 20 million travellers who rated more than 335 airlines between August 2017 and May 2018.

The local airline dethroned last year’s winner, Qatar Airways, who held the crown in 2017, 2015, 2012, and 2011. However, the Doha-based carrier didn’t go home empty-handed — clinching the awards for best business class, best airline in the Middle East and best business class seat.

Singapore Airlines’ first class suites for its A380 superjumbos.

On top of the world’s top airline title, Singapore Airlines also claimed best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class seat — which came at a perfect timing, just before the re-launch of the world’s longest flight between Newark, New Jersey and Singapore this coming October.

Here are the full results of the Skytrax World Airlines awards:

Top 10 world’s best airlines for 2018
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Qatar Airways
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
4. Emirates
5. EVA Air
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Lufthansa
8. Hainan Airlines
9. Garuda Indonesia
10. Thai Airways

Best economy class
1. Thai Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Qatar Airways
4. Emirates
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
6. Cathay Pacific Airways
7. Garuda Indonesia
8. EVA Air
9. Lufthansa
10. Japan Airlines

Best premium economy class
1. Air New Zealand
2. Qantas Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Lufthansa
5. Air France
6. Aeroflot
7. EVA Air
8. Japan Airlines
9. Virgin Australia
10. China Airlines

Best business class
1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
4. Emirates
5. Etihad Airways
6. Qantas Airways
7. Cathay Pacific Airways
8. Lufthansa
9. Turkish Airlines
10. EVA Air

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 — Avianca
North America — Air Canada
Asia — Singapore Airlines
Middle East — Qatar Airways
Europe — Lufthansa

www.worldairlineawards.com

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.