World's best airline named

IN FLIGHT BUSINESS: The Emirates A380 features 14 first class suites with an office and minibar.
IN FLIGHT BUSINESS: The Emirates A380 features 14 first class suites with an office and minibar.

Emirates has been named the best airline in the world for 2013, taking the No 1 spot after being rated the eighth best airline last year.

The World Airline Awards are determined by passenger surveys conducted by research firm Skytrax, who surveyed more than 18 million passengers.

As always, it was Middle-Eastern and Asian carriers that dominated the top spots, with no airlines from the US or Europe cracking the top 10.

Last year's No 1 airline, Qatar Airways, dropped one place to number two, while Singapore Airlines remained in third place for the second year in a row.

Emirates president Tim Clark said the awards were regarded as the industry's benchmark for excellence.

"To be voted 'world's best airline' by millions of discerning travellers really is something for our 60,000 strong workforce to be proud of," he said. Emirates recently began an alliance with Qantas (No 10) which saw Australia's national carrier make Dubai its new hub for flights into Europe.

Air New Zealand did not figure inthe top 10, though the airline's in-flight entertainment was voted No 9.

A surprise result was also the continued rise of Garuda Airlines, which moved from number 11 to number 8. The airline, which was banned by the European Union from flying to Europe due to safety concerns until mid-2009, has made great efforts to improve its safety and service levels in recent years.

Turkish Airlines, which recently signalled its intention to become the world's first airline to fly non-stop between Australia and Europe, also made the top 10. Turkish Airlines is currently the fastest growing carrier in the world.

World's best airlines 2013 (click on the links to read our Flight Test reviews)

1. Emirates

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. ANA All Nippon Airways

5. Asiana Airlines

6. Cathay Pacific

7. Etihad Airways

8. Garuda Indonesia

9. Turkish Airlines

10. Qantas

Best inflight entertainment

1. Emirates

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Cathay Pacific

4. Turkish Airlines

5. Qatar Airways

6. Qantas

7. Virgin Atlantic

8. Etihad

9. Air New Zealand

10. Virgin Australia

Best cabin staff

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Asiana Airlines

3. Malaysia Airlines

4. EVA Air

5. Singapore Airlines

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

7. Garuda Indonesia

8. Qatar Airways

9. Hainan Airlines

10. Thai Airways

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Sydney Morning Herald