14.07.2019

World’s Top 10 Airlines of 2019

Just like with anything else in the world, the service airlines provide can be of exceptional quality, superior to others in their field. We all want to get the best service and have the best experience when travelling. So we are searching not only for the best deals, but also pay attention to the airline providing the services. But what are the best airlines right now?

Skytrax, an airline and airport review and ranking site, has announced the world's Top 10 airlines. As voted for by travellers from around the world.

Top 10 Airlines of 2019

Here comes the list.

1. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways airplanes in the air

Established in 1993, Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar.

Qatar Airways is a world-class airline, certified with the 5-Star Airline Rating (via Skytrax).

The airline flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, and has a large fleet of 222 aircrafts.

Qatar Airways has codeshare agreements with the several airlines and even train systems worldwide.

In 2013 Qatar Airways joined Oneworld airline alliance which is the third-largest global alliance in terms of passengers. Qatar Airways was the first major Gulf airline to join an airline alliance.

Not only Qatar Airways has economy and business class, but it also offers first class seats that fold into flat beds.

2. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines airplane

Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Singapore and No. 1 airline of 2018.

Just like Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines is certified with the 5-Star Airline Rating. The airline is considered the best in Asia (Skytrax rating 2019).

Singapore Airlines is also the best First Class Airline (Skytrax rating 2019). The airline introduced the New A380 Suites in late 2017 on a some flights. There are several roomy suites on the upper deck of the Airbus A380, and each suite has both a seat and a bed. Double suites are available, too.

Founded in 1947, the airline commenced operations as Singapore Airlines in 1972.

Singapore Airlines serves 62 destinations on five continents. 

The airline has several subsidiaries, including the low cost carrier Scoot and the full service regional airline SilkAir. Singapore Airlines codeshares with many airlines.

Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 122 aircrafts.

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

ANA All Nippon Airways airplane

ANA All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan. The airline is considered second-best in Asia (Skytrax rating 2019), after Singapore Airlines.

Founded in late 1952, at first the airline only operated as a domestic airline. The first international flight was to Hong Kong in 1971.

ANA All Nippon Airways is a member of Star Alliance.

The airline has a fleet of 235 aircrafts and it flies to 97 destinations.

In 2013, ANA was named a 5-Star Airline by Skytrax.

4. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways airplane

Cathay Pacific Airways is the flag carrier of Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946. It prospered in the late 1950s, and by 1973 the airline was carrying one million passengers every year.

The airline has a fleet of 153 aircrafts. It flies to 77 destinations, and has codeshare agreements with several airlines, as well as with French high speed trains and some Chinese ferry operators.

Cathay Pacific Airways is a member of Oneworld Alliance.

The airline is certified with the 5-Star Airline Rating.

5. Emirates

Emirates airplane at the airport

Emirates, an airline based in Dubai (UAE), is one of the world's fastest growing airlines. It is the second best airline in the Middle East (Skytrax rating 2019), after Qatar Airways.

Founded in 1985, Emirates the largest airline in the Middle East. Also it is the world's fourth largest airline by scheduled passenger-kilometers flown.

The airline has a fleet of 254 aircrafts. It flies to 161 destinations in 80 countries across six continents.

Emirates is certified with the 4-Star Airline Rating (by Skytrax).

6. EVA Air

EVA Air airplane

EVA Air is a Taiwanese international airline based at Taoyuan International Airport.

Founded in 1989, EVA Air is Taiwan's first independent airline. Its initial destinations were Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, and Jakarta. The airline soon started operating flights to Vienna. The airline started to expand rapidly in the 1990s.

EVA Air is privately owned, and has a fleet of 78 aircrafts. It operates flights to more than 40 destinations.

UNI Air, a domestic and regional subsidiary of EVA Air, operates flights to Taiwan, Macau and China.

EVA Air is a 5-star airline, rated by Skytrax. The airline is a member of Star Alliance.

7. Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines airplane window view

Hainan Airlines is an airline headquartered in Haikou, Hainan, China. Currently it is one of the major airlines in China.

Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines is one of the largest airlines in Asia.

The airlines operates an extensive network of domestic flights, and offers flights to 51 destinations worldwide.

Hainan Airlines is a 5-star airline, rated by Skytrax.

8. Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways airplane in the air

Qantas Airways is the flag carrier of Australia and its largest airline.

“QANTAS" is an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. The airline has a nickname "The Flying Kangaroo”.

Founded in 1920, Qantas is the third oldest airline in the world. The airline's first aircraft was an Avro 504K, a First World War biplane aircraft. Qantas started to fly internationally in 1935. 

Qantas is one of the founders of the Oneworld airline alliance.

With a fleet of 130 aircrafts, Qantas operates flights to 85 destinations in Australia and other destinations across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Qantas is a 4-star airline, rated by Skytrax.

9. Lufthansa

Lufthansa airplane at the airport

Lufthansa is an airline based in Germany, with its hubs in Frankfurt (primary) and Munich airports. Airline’s headquarters are in Cologne, Germany.

It was founded in 1953, and commenced its operations in 1955. But the airline traces its history even further back - to the post-World War I time period, to 1920s.

Lufthansa is one of the founders of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance.

Besides its own services, the airline owns subsidiary airlines and aviation-related companies.

Airlines, such as Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines are subsidiaries of the Lufthansa Group.

Lufthansa, when combined with its subsidiaries, is the largest European airline in terms of passenger numbers. It is also one of the largest airlines in Europe by number of countries served.

With a fleet of nearly 300 aircrafts, Lufthansa operates flights to more than 200 destinations in 75 countries.

Lufthansa is a 5-star airline, rated by Skytrax.

10. Thai Airways

Thai Airways airplane in the air

Thai Airways is the flag carrier airline of Thailand.

Thai Airways started operating in the 1960s, as a joint venture between Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Thailand's domestic carrier, Thai Airways Company. At first the airline operated flights to Asia. The airline's intercontinental services started in 1971.

Thai Airways is a founding member of Star Alliance (an airline alliance).

With a fleet of 80 aircrafts, Thai Airways operates flights to 74 destinations.

Thai Airways is a 4-star airline, rated by Skytrax.

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