The Airlines Excellence Awards by safety and product review website Airlineratings.com has revealed its winners of the world's best airlines, with carriers from Asia, Australasia and the United States making the list.
Singapore Airlines topped the list as Airline of the Year and winner of the First Class award for its "impressive" Suites, while Malaysia's AirAsia/AirAsia X won Best Low-Cost Airline.
The top 10 airlines comprised:
- Singapore Airlines
- Air New Zealand
- Qatar Airways
- Virgin Australia
- All Nippon Airways
- EVA Air
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Japan Airlines
The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards, judged by seven editors with over 200 years’ industry experience, combines important safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger reviews profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations.
For employers, having an understanding of what the best airlines provide comes in useful when deciding on which airline employees should take for business trips - whether it's for long-haul trips or just short trips within the region.
Thus, Human Resources has listed the winners according to the type of work trip (long-haul vs short-haul).
Best choices for long-haul trips and service (in no particular order)
Delta Air Lines (Excellence in Long-haul Travel)
Lufthansa (Excellence in Long-haul Travel)
Air New Zealand (Excellence in Long-haul, Best Premium Economy)
Emirates Airlines (Excellence in Long-haul, In-flight Entertainment Award)
Qatar Airlines (Best Business Class, In-flight Catering Award)
Eva Air (Long-haul Airline)
Best choices for short-haul trips and service (in no particular order)
VietJet Air (Best Ultra Low-cost Airline)
Qantas (Best Domestic Service, Best Regional Airlines, Best Lounges)
WestJet (Best Low-fare Carrier Americas)
Korean Air (Best Economy Class)
Virgin Australia (Best Cabin Crew)
Philippines Airlines (Most Improved Airline)
Photo / Singapore Airlines' website