Emirates crowned world’s best airline

Leading travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor has named Emirates as the best airline in the world.

The inaugural Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines honours 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa, as well as 16 regional winners. The awards also highlight top airlines by level of service, covering First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

Top 10 airlines in the world:

  1. Emirates, United Arab Emirates
  2. Singapore Airlines, Singapore
  3. Azul, Brazil
  4. JetBlue, United States
  5. Air New Zealand, New Zealand
  6. Korean Air, South Korea
  7. Japan Airlines, Japan
  8. Thai Smile, Thailand
  9. Alaska Airlines, United States
  10. Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

“We are honoured to be named the Best Airline in the World in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates.

“The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travellers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both onboard and on the ground every day.”

Among the top 10 global list, Asia holds the highest number of individual winners, with total of five (Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Thai Smile and Garuda Indonesia); followed by the United States, with two airlines in the top rankings: JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, in fourth and ninth places, respectively.

Top 10 airlines in Asia Pacific:

  1. Singapore Airlines, Singapore
  2. Air New Zealand, New Zealand
  3. Korean Air, South Korea
  4. Japan Airlines, Japan
  5. Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia
  6. All Nippon Airways, Japan
  7. EVA Air, Taiwan
  8. Asiana Airlines, South Korea
  9. Thai Airways, Thailand
  10. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong

Class of Service Global Winners:

  • Best First Class: Emirates, United Arab Emirates
  • Best Business Class: Aeroflot, Russia
  • Best Premium Economy Class: Air New Zealand, New Zealand
  • Best Economy Class in the World: Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide, over a 12-month period. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality and value.

Emirates is a major airline operating to the Maldives and has been serving for years as a preferred airline of tourists visiting the islands from far corners of the world, especially Europe. Second-placed Singapore Airlines and Korean Air, which won the sixth place in the worldwide category, also have direct flights to the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport, connecting the island nation to South East Asia.

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