Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017: Qatar Airways is the world's best airline

Qatar Airways is the world's best airline in 2017.
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Qatar Airways is the world's best airline in 2017.

Qatar Airways has been named Best Airline in the World for 2017 by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax.

The Gulf-based carrier was presented with the honour at Tuesday's World Airline Awards at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

The other carriers to make the Skytrax top 10 include (in no particular order): Singapore, Hainan, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Garuda Indonesia, and EVA Air. 

Air New Zealand did not make the top 10 and dropped two places in it ranking from 2016. The national carrierdid not retain its awards for the best premium economy cabin and premium economy seat.

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Qatar Airways' new business class seat, the 'QSuite'.

Qatar Airways' new business class seat, the 'QSuite'.

This is Qatar Airways' fourth win in the last 10 years after securing the top spot in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

The airline reclaimed its crown after finishing second last year to Dubai-based rival Emirates.

Qatar Airways also took home the award for Best Business Class in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways' flight QR920 arrived in Auckland after a 17-and-a-half hour flight from Doha.

The prestigious award is often referred to as the "Oscars of the aviation industry" and is a much needed bright spot during a tumultuous year for Qatar Airways.

QATAR IN CRISIS

The airline has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Middle Eastern neighbours. The dispute has resulted in Qatar Airways' expulsion from major markets in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
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Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

These countries have also either severely restricted Qatar Airways' access to or outright banned the airline from their airspace.

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In addition, the Doha-based airline has been dealing with the financial fallout from travel and large electronics bans issued by the US and UK governments earlier this year.

Other winners include AirAsia for Best Low-Cost Airline in the World and Etihad for Best First Class in the World.

The Skytrax awards are decided based on independent surveys completed by 19.87 million passengers from 105 different countries around the world.

TOP 10 AIRLINES

Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

ANA All Nippon Airways

Emirates

Cathay Pacific

EVA Air

Lufthansa

Etihad Airways

Hainan Airlines

Garuda Indonesia

A-Z OF THE 2017 AIRLINE AWARD WINNERS

Aegean Airlines 
Best Regional Airline in Europe 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines 
Best Airline in Eastern Europe 

AirAsia 
World's Best Low-Cost Airline 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia 

AirAsia X 
World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin 
World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat 

Air Astana 
Best Airline in Central Asia / India 
Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia / India 

Air Canada 
Best Airline in North America 

Alaska Airlines 
Best Regional Airline in North America 
Best Airline Staff in North America 

ANA All Nippon Airways 
World's Best Airport Services 
Best Airline Staff Service in Asia 

Austrian Airlines 
Best Airline Staff Service in Europe 

Avianca 
Best Airline in South America 
Best Regional Airline in South America 

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras 
Best Low-Cost Airline in South America 
Best Airline Staff in South America 

Bangkok Airways 
World's Best Regional Airline 
Best Regional Airline in Asia 

Copa Airlines 
Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean 
Best Airline Staff in Central America / Caribbean 

Emirates 
World's Best Airline Inflight Entertainment 
Best First Class Comfort Amenities 

Ethiopian Airlines 
Best Airline in Africa 

Etihad Airways 
World's Best First Class 
Best First Class Seat 
Best First Class Onboard Catering 

EVA Air 
World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness 
Best Business Class Comfort Amenities 

fastjet 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 

Finnair 
Best Airline in Northern Europe 

flynas 
Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East 

Garuda Indonesia 
World's Best Cabin Crew 

Hainan Airlines 
Best Airline in China 
Best Airline Staff Service in China 

Indigo 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India 

Japan Airlines 
Best Economy Class Airline Seat 

Jetstar Airways 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific 

Lufthansa 
Best Airline in Europe 
Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining 
Best Airline in Western Europe 

Norwegian 
World's Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline 
Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe 

Oman Air 
Best Airline Staff in the Middle East 

Plaza Premium 
World's Best Independent Airport Lounge 

Qantas 
World's Best Premium Economy Class 
Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat 

Qatar Airways 
World's Best Airline 
World's Best Business Class 
Best First Class Airline Lounge 
Best Airline in the Middle East 

Royal Air Maroc 
Best Regional Airline in Africa 

Saudi Arabian Airlines 
World's Most Improved Airline 

Singapore Airlines 
Best Airline in Asia 
Best Business Class Airline Seat 
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering 

South African Airways 
Best Airline Staff in Africa 

Star Alliance 
World's Best Airline Alliance 
World's Best Airline Alliance Lounge 

Thai Airways 
World's Best Economy Class 
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility 
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering 

Thomson Airways 
World's Best Leisure Airline 

Turkish Airlines 
World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge 
Best Business Class Onboard Catering 
Best Business Class Lounge Dining 
Best Airline in Southern Europe 

Virgin Australia 
Best Airline in Australia/Pacific 
Best Airline Staff in Australia/Pacific 

West Air 
Best Low-Cost Airline in China 

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