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World's 10 best airlines

Last updated on: July 14, 2016 13:51 IST

Emirates has been voted as the world's best airline in 2016 by travellers around the world. 

IMAGE: Emirates is the world's best airline. Photograph kind courtesy: Emirates
 
 

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. 

Take a look at the world’s 10 best airlines…

Emirates
Rank: 1
United Arab Emirates

Founded in 1985, with just two aircraft, Emirates today flies over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries.

Besides being a winner of the best inflight entertainment for 12 years, this is the fourth time Emirates has won this top prize.

Emirates scores high on first, business and economy Class surveys and best cabin staff.

IMAGE: Qatar Airways has been ranked the best in business class cabin. Photograph kind courtesy: Qatar Airways
 
 

Qatar Airways
Rank: 2
Qatar

Qatar Airways founded in 1993, was ranked the best airline last year. With more than 160 aircraft, the airline flies to over 140 destinations.

Qatar Airways has been ranked the best in business class cabin.

IMAGE: Singapore Airlines is ranked the best airline in Asia. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Singapore Airlines
Rank: 3
Singapore

Singapore Airlines which commenced operations in 1972 flies to 62 destinations in 35 countries.

The airline which regularly finds a place among the best airlines is has 107 aircraft.

It was ranked the best airline in Asia and the Best Business Class Airline Seat. 

IMAGE: Cathay Pacific Airways has won the world’s best airline award four times.. Photograph kind courtesy: Cathay Pacific Airways
 
 

Cathay Pacific Airways
Rank: 4
Hong Kong


Founded in 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways has won the world’s best airline award four times.

The Cathay Pacific Group, including Dragonair and Air Hong Kong, operates more than 150 aircraft to 130 destinations.

Passengers hail the airline for having the cleanest cabins.

IMAGE: ANA All Nippon Airways flies to 72 international routes. Photograph kind courtesy: Masgatotkaca/Wikimedia Commons
 
 

ANA All Nippon Airways
Rank: 5
Japan

ANA All Nippon Airways flies to 72 international and 115 domestic destinations.

Founded in 1952, ANA a fleet of about 240 aircraft.  

IMAGE: Etihad Airways makes sure passengers don’t miss any matches even while flying. Photograph kind courtesy: Etihad Airways
 
 

Etihad Airways
Rank: 6
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Etihad Airways started operations in November 2003.

With a fleet of 117 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, it flies to airline to over 120 passenger and cargo destinations across the world. 

IMAGE: Turkish Airways is ranked the 7th best airline. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Turkish Airlines
Rank: 7
Turkey

Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Turkish Airlines today flies to a record number of 105 countries across five continents.

Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 261 aircraft.

IMAGE: EVA Air is the second largest Taiwanese airline. Photograph kind courtesy: Eva Air
 
 

Eva Air
Rank: 8
Taiwan

Founded in 1989, EVA Air is the second largest Taiwanese airline.

It flies to over 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

IMAGE: Qantas started operations in 1921. Photograph kind courtesy: Qantas
 
 

Qantas
Rank: 9
Australia

Australia’s largest airline, Qantas Airways flies to 20 domestic destinations and 21 international destinations in 14 countries.

Qantas started operations in 1921 and has a fleet of 131 aircraft.

IMAGE: Cathay Pacific flies to 197 international destinations. Photograph kind courtesy: Cathay Pacific
 
 

Lufthansa
Rank: 10
Germany

Lufthansa which started operations in 1955 has a fleet of over 260 aircraft.

It flies to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries.