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AirlineRatings ‘Airline of the year’ awards, acknowledge the best of the best in the airline industry in turn helping you the passenger choose who to fly with.
These airlines are those our experienced editors feel offer the best in comfort, innovation, value and safety across Economy, Business and First Class.
All awards are judged against a strict assessment criteria put together by our editors who combined have over 150 years of experience.
1. Qatar Airlines
Qatar Airways wasn’t always a recognised name in the airline industry but the company has swiftly made a rise to the top by offering excellence at every level.
2. Singapore Airlines
The flagship carrier of Singapore, this is one of the most well-respected travel brands in the world.
3. Cathay Pacific Airlines
The competition is fierce in the industry and as this list proves, many airlines are striving to be the best in class by offering exceptional customer service and product offerings. In 2014 the best in class is Cathay Pacific as they were awarded the Best Airline in the World by the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
4. Turkish Airlines
One of the older airlines on this list, Turkish Airlines was established in 1933 and at the time flew to more countries than any other carrier in the world.
5. Emirates Airlines
The second of the flagship carriers for the United Arab Emirates, Emirates is a Dubai based airline known for their unique brand of luxury in the skies.
6. Etihad Airlines
The United Arab Emirates is well known for luxury airlines and as the region’s flagship carrier, Etihad exceeds expectations with excellent customer service and luxury products.
7. ANA All Nipon Airlines
Japanese carrier ANA All Nippon Airways is the 13th largest airline in the world by revenue. They currently fly over 187 domestic and international routes with a fleet of over 240 aircraft.
8. Garuda Indonesia Airlines
is the national airline of Indonesia, operating one of the youngest average age of aircraft fleet in Asia, with an average aircraft age at December 2014 of 4.02 years.
9. Eva Airlines
is the second largest Taiwanese airline, flying to over 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. In June 2013, EVA became a Star Alliance member.
10. Qantas Airlines
Aside from being named the Safest Airline in the World, Australia’s flagship air carrier has been receiving praise for its commitment to quality and customer service for decades.
11. Lufthansa Airlines
Lufthansa is the largest airline in Europe and the German flagship carrier is also one of the founding members of the Star Alliance Network.
12. Air New Zealand
If you’ve ever flewn Air New Zealand you’ll probably agree it deserves to be in just about any list of exceptional airlines.
13. Delta Airlines
Delta Air Lines is the preferred choice of many Americans who appreciate the company’s commitment to quality and customer service.
14. Air Canada
Canada’s largest and flagship airline has been a favorite of Canadians and North Americans for decades. The airline offers customers spectacular accessibility with more than 180 destinations on five continents.
15. Jetblue Airlines
American Low-cost carrier jetBlue has been making a name for themselves through excellent customer service and enhanced economy services.