• Wed. Oct 5th, 2022

Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017: Qatar Airways is the best airline in the world

Qatar Airways has been named World’s Best Airline for 2017 by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax.

The Gulf-based carrier received the honor during Tuesday’s World Airline Awards at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

Other carriers that make Skytrax’s top 10 are (in no particular order): Singapore, Hainan, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Garuda Indonesia and EVA Air.

Air New Zealand did not make the top 10 and fell two places in its rankings from 2016. The flag carrier did not retain its awards for best premium economy cabin and premium economy seat.

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Qatar Airways' new business class seat, the 'QSuite'.

Qatar Airways’ new business class seat, the ‘QSuite’.

It is Qatar Airways’ fourth victory in the past 10 years after securing first place in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The airline reclaimed its crown after finishing second last year behind Dubai-based rival Emirates.

Qatar Airways also won Best Business Class in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways flight QR920 arrived in Auckland after a 17.5-hour flight from Doha.

The prestigious award is often referred to as the “Oscars of the Aviation Industry” and is a much-needed bright spot in a tumultuous year for Qatar Airways.

QATAR IN CRISIS

The airline has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Middle Eastern neighbours. The dispute resulted in the expulsion of Qatar Airways from key markets in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

These countries have also severely restricted Qatar Airways’ access to or banned the airline from their airspace altogether.

In addition, the Doha-based airline has had to deal with financial fallout from travel and major electronics bans issued by the US and UK governments earlier this year.

Other winners include AirAsia for the world’s best low-cost airline and Etihad for the world’s best first class.

The Skytrax awards are given based on independent surveys of 19.87 million passengers from 105 different countries around the world.

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AZ OF 2017 AIRLINE AWARD WINNERS

Aegean Airlines
Best Regional Airline in Europe

Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Best Airline in Eastern Europe

Air Asia
Best low-cost airline in the world
Best low-cost airline in Asia

Air Asia X
Premium cabin from the best low cost airline in the world
Best premium seat from the best low cost airline in the world

Air Astana
Best Airline in Central Asia/India
Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia/India

Air Canada
Best Airline in North America

Alaska Airlines
Best Regional Airline in North America
Best Airline Staff in North America

ANA All Nippon Airways
The best airport services in the world
Best Airline Staff Service in Asia

Austrian airlines
Best airline staff service in Europe

Avianca
Best Airline in South America
Best Regional Airline in South America

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras
Best Low Cost Airline in South America
Best Airline Staff in South America

Bangkok Airways
World’s Best Regional Airline
Best Regional Airline in Asia

Copa Airlines
Best Airline in Central America/Caribbean
Best Airline Staff in Central America/Caribbean

Emirates
The world’s best airline in-flight entertainment
Best first-class comfort amenities

Ethiopian Airlines
Best Airline in Africa

Etihad Airways
The best first class in the world
Best first class seat
Best First Class Onboard Catering

Eva air
The world’s best airline cabin cleanliness
Best business class amenities

fast throw
Best Low Cost Airline in Africa

Finnair
Best Airline in Northern Europe

flynas
Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East

garuda indonesia
The best cabin crew in the world

Hainan Airlines
Best Airline in China
Best Airline Staff Service in China

Indigo
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India

Japanese Airlines
Best Economy Class Airplane Seat

Jetstar Airways
Best Low Cost Airline in Australia/Pacific

Lufthansa
Best airline in Europe
Best dining in a first class airline lounge
Best Airline in Western Europe

Norwegian
Best long-haul low-cost airline in the world
Best low-cost airline in Europe

Air of Oman
Best Airline Staff in the Middle East

Premium seat
The best independent airport lounge in the world

Qantas
The best premium economy class in the world
Best Premium Economy Airplane Seat

qatarairways
Best airline in the world
The best business class in the world
Best First Class Airline Lounge
Middle East’s Best Airline

Royal Air Morocco
Best Regional Airline in Africa

Saudi Arabian Airlines
The World’s Most Improved Airline

Airlines to Singapore
Best Airline in Asia
Best Business Class Airplane Seat
Best Premium Economy in-flight catering

South African airlines
Best Airline Staff in Africa

star alliance
Best airline alliance in the world
World’s Best Airline Alliance Lounge

Thai Airways
The best economy class in the world
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility
Best inflight catering in economy class

Thomson Airways
Best Leisure Airline in the World

Turkish Airlines
Best business class lounge in the world
Best in-flight catering in business class
Best Business Class Lounge
Best Airline in Southern Europe

Virgin Australia
Best Airline in Australia/Pacific
Best Airline Staff in Australia/Pacific

West air
Best Low Cost Airline in China

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