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What are the best airlines to fly in 2018?

  • Published at 03:38 pm July 21st, 2018
A Singapore Airlines plane<b>Bigstock</b>
A Singapore Airlines planeBigstock

The Oscar of the aviation industry announced Singapore Airlines as the best

After 10 years, Singapore Airlines has been named Airline of the Year at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline awards, an honour it last held in 2008. It beat last year's victor, Qatar Airways, which came second.

The top prize in what is seen as the aviation industry's equivalent of the Oscars, was one of four awards taken home by Singapore. It also claimed best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class seat, according to CNN.

"We're very ecstatic," Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore's senior vice president of customer experience, told CNN on Tuesday.

Qatar Airways, which held the crown in 2015, 2012 and 2011 -- as well as 2017 -- didn't leave empty handed, with the airline's Group CEO Akbar Al Baker taking to the stage to pick up award after award.

Resurgence in Asian carriers

Singapore's victory marked resurgence in Asian carriers, which have been in competition with their Middle Eastern counterparts for dominance ever since UK-based aviation industry reviewer Skytrax began its awards in 2001.

Aside from a win by Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific in 2014, the past seven years have all gone to airlines based around the Arabian Gulf.

US airlines failed to pick up a single award.

Air France lived up to its nation's reputation for culinary excellence with awards for best first class onboard catering, best first class comfort amenities and best first class lounge dining.

The 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