Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017: Qatar Airways is the world's best airline
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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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.
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.
These countries have also either severely restricted Qatar Airways' access to or outright banned the airline from their airspace.
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.
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A-Z OF THE 2017 AIRLINE AWARD WINNERS
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Best Airline in Eastern Europe
World's Best Low-Cost Airline
Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia
World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin
World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat
Best Airline in Central Asia / India
Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia / India
Best Airline in North America
Best Regional Airline in North America
Best Airline Staff in North America
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World's Best Airport Services
Best Airline Staff Service in Asia
Best Airline Staff Service in Europe
Best Airline in South America
Best Regional Airline in South America
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Best Low-Cost Airline in South America
Best Airline Staff in South America
World's Best Regional Airline
Best Regional Airline in Asia
Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean
Best Airline Staff in Central America / Caribbean
World's Best Airline Inflight Entertainment
Best First Class Comfort Amenities
Best Airline in Africa
World's Best First Class
Best First Class Seat
Best First Class Onboard Catering
World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
Best Business Class Comfort Amenities
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa
Best Airline in Northern Europe
Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East
World's Best Cabin Crew
Best Airline in China
Best Airline Staff Service in China
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India
Best Economy Class Airline Seat
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific
Best Airline in Europe
Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining
Best Airline in Western Europe
World's Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline
Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe
Best Airline Staff in the Middle East
World's Best Independent Airport Lounge
World's Best Premium Economy Class
Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat
World's Best Airline
World's Best Business Class
Best First Class Airline Lounge
Best Airline in the Middle East
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Best Regional Airline in Africa
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World's Most Improved Airline
Best Airline in Asia
Best Business Class Airline Seat
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering
South African Airways
Best Airline Staff in Africa
World's Best Airline Alliance
World's Best Airline Alliance Lounge
World's Best Economy Class
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering
World's Best Leisure Airline
World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge
Best Business Class Onboard Catering
Best Business Class Lounge Dining
Best Airline in Southern Europe
Best Airline in Australia/Pacific
Best Airline Staff in Australia/Pacific
Best Low-Cost Airline in China