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.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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