Qatar named the best airline in the world while SAA takes home three wins at Skytrax Awards

2019-06-19 10:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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The Oscars of the aviation world took place on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, and crowned Qatar Airways as the ultimate winner, as voted by the passengers of the world.

The Best Airline in the World beat out last year's winner, Singapore Airlines, which was bumped to second place this year. As a consolation, the airline took home the prizes for Best Cabin Crew, best First Class and Best First Class Seat in the world, as well as Best Airline in Asia.

Qatar, on the other hand, also took home World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Seat and the Best Airline in the Middle East.

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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker says,“The Skytrax awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the airline industry, so to have won so many prizes at the 2019 ceremony is a truly memorable experience for Qatar Airways.

“We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Being the first airline to be named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and, combined with three other major Skytrax awards, is testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team. It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry.”

Other worldwide winners included Japan Airlines for Best Economy Class, Bangkok Airways for Best Regional Airline, EVA Air for Cleanest Aircraft Cabins and Philippine Airlines for Most Improved. Virgin Atlantic was named the airline with the Best Premium Economy Class, Emirates won the Best Inflight Entertainment category and AirAsia was praised as the Best Low-Cost Airline.

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Here are the top 10 airlines in the world:

1. Qatar Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Cathay Pacific Airways

5. Emirates

6. EVA Air

7. Hainan Airlines

8. Qantas Airways

9. Lufthansa

10. Thai Airways

CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S WINNERS: 'The Oscars of aviation industry': South Africa wins big at Skytrax while Singapore takes home the gold

How did Africa do?

South African Airways came in 46th out of a 100 airlines, having fallen down one spot from last year. 

It took home three awards - Best Airline Staff, Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness and Best Cabin Crew - all for the Africa subcategory. 

It however lost Best Airline in Africa to Ethiopian Airlines, while Air Mauritius took home Most Improved Airline in the continent.

Fastjet was crowned Best Low-Cost Airline, while Royal Air Maroc won Best Regional Airline.

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