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World's top 10 airlines

Last updated on: July 17, 2014 12:56 IST

Image: A Cathay Pacific aircraft.
Photographs: Reuters

Cathay Pacific has been crowned the World's Best Airline for 2014.

It pipped last year's winner Emirates to take the top spot, according to a report.

With this honour, Cathay Pacific became the only carrier to win the prestigious award four times after claiming the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009, the report added.

Australian airline Qantas slipped out of the top 10 for the second time, coming in at number 11.

The annual World Airlines Award announcement came at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK.

The awards are based on research by aviation firm Skytrax, the report added.

 Here is a list of the airlines that made it to the top 10. . .

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific is the de facto international flag carrier airline of Hong Kong.

Its main hub is located at Hong Kong International Airport.

The airline's operations include scheduled passenger and cargo services to 168 destinations in 42 countries.

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Image: Business class cabin of Qatar Airways new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Photographs: Reuters

2. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Company is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar.

It is headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha.

The airline links over 125 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, West Asia, North America, South America and Oceania.

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Image: Singapore Airlines aircraft.
Photographs: Courtesy, SIA

3. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Limited is the flag carrier of Singapore and a 5-star airline.

Singapore Airlines operates a hub at Changi Airport and has a strong presence in the Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and ‘Kangaroo Route’ markets.

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Image: Emirates A380.
Photographs: Reuters

4. Emirates

Emirates is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is wholly owned by the government of Dubai's Investment Corporation of Dubai.

It is the largest airline in West Asia, operating nearly 3,400 flights per week.

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Image: A Turkish Airlines plane prepares to take off at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.
Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered at the Turkish Airlines General Management Building on the grounds of Ataturk Airport in Ye?ilkoy, Bak?rkoy, Istanbul.

It operates scheduled services to 41 domestic and 206 international airports in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

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Image: A 787 Dreamliner jet painted in All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan livery, sits idle on the tarmac parking at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.
Photographs: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. or ANA, is a Japanese airline.

It is headquartered at the Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area in Minato, Tokyo.

It operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and 32 international routes.

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Image: A Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 airplane taxis on the tarmac at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang in outskirt of Jakarta.
Photographs: Supri/Reuters

7. Garuda Indonesia

PT Garuda Indonesia, publicly known as Garuda Indonesia, is the flag carrier of Indonesia.

It is named after the mythical giant bird Garuda of Hinduism and Buddhist mythology.

Garuda Indonesia is headquartered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, near Jakarta.

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Image: A South Korean looks around the Asiana Airlines plane that had been wrapped with images of heroine Lee Young-ae in Inchon, west of Seoul.
Photographs: You Sung-Ho/Reuters

8. Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines Inc. is one of South Korea's two major airlines, along with Korean Air. Asiana has its headquarters in Asiana Town building in Seoul.

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Image: An Etihad Airways aircraft is seen at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Photographs: Ben Job/Reuters

9. Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates.

Established by royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.

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Image: Aircraft of German airline Lufthansa are parked on the apron during a strike at Fraport airport in Frankfurt.
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

10. Lufthansa

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly known as Lufthansa, is the flag carrier of Germany and also the largest airline in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size when combined with its subsidiaries.

It operates services to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.