SINGAPORE Airlines has returned to the top of the annual Skytrax ranking of world carriers, nudging out Qatar Airways which claimed the top place last year.
The Asian carrier was named World’s Best Airline for 2018 at a ceremony in London last night, while also taking gongs for World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and Best First Class Airline Seat.
Qatar was ranked second place overall this year, followed by ANA, Emirates, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Hainan Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways.
Having slipped to 15th position last year, Qantas has come close to regaining its top 10 position this year, taking 11th place.
Virgin Australia – which was rated higher than Qantas last year in 13th place – slipped back to number 22 in 2018.
Other awards announced by Skytrax included AirAsia for World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, Garuda Indonesia for Best Cabin Crew, Qatar Airways for Best Business Class, Thai Airways for Best Economy Class and China Southern Airlines for Most Improved Airline.