Skytrax – World’s Best Airlines for 2018

by Lavinia Gherman, Editor-in-chief

Yesterday, Singapore Airlines was awarded in London The World’s Best Airline title. The carrier also took the awards for Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and Best First Class Seat.

In the past 12 months, the airline launched new routes, new seats for its A380 aircraft and double-beds in business class.

Qatar Airway fell one position, coming on the 2nd place in this year’s rankings. Qatar’s national carrier was named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, Best Business Class Seat and Best First Class Airline Lounge.

Qantas dominated the awards for the Australia-Pacific region, the Indonesian airline Garuda won the World’s Best Cabin Crew for the 5th year in a row and AirAsia was named World’s Best Low-Cost Airline.


World’s Best Airlines for 2018 are:

  1. Singapore Airline
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. ANA All Nipon Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. EVA Air
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Hainan Airlines
  9. Garuda Indonesia
  10. Thai Airways
Best Airlines by Global Region are:
Northern Europe – Finnair
Western Europe – Lufthansa
Eastern Europe – Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Africa – Ethiopian Airlines
Australia / Pacific – Qantas Airlines
Central Asia / India – Air Astana
China – Hainan Airlines
Central America – Copa Airlines
South America – Avianca
North America – Air Canada
Asia – Singapore Airlines
Middle East – Qatar Airways
Europe – Lufthansa

Best Economy Class:

  1. Thai Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Qatar Airways
  4. Emirates Airline
  5. ANA All Nippon Airways
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Garuda Indonesia
  8. EVA Air
  9. Lufthansa
  10. Japan Airlines

Best Business Class:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Emirates Airline
  5. Etihad Airways
  6. Qantas Airways
  7. Cathay Pacific Airways
  8. Lufthansa
  9. Turkish Airlines
  10. EVA Air

In Europe other airlines awarded this year are:

Norwegian Air Shuttle – Best Low-Cost Airline

Aeroflot Russian Airlines – Best Airline Catering in Premium Economy

Austrian Airlines – Best Airline Catering in Business Class & Best Airline Staff Service by Global Region

Air France – Best Airline Catering in First Class & Best Airline Lounge for First Class Lounge Dining.

For the 6th consecutive year, the Singaporean Changi Airport was voted the World Best Airport. The top ten of the Best Airport of 2018 is:

  1. Singapore Changi (Singapore)
  2. Seoul Incheon (South Korea)
  3. Tokyo Haneda (Japan)
  4. Hong Kong International (Hong Kong)
  5. Doha Hamad International (Qatar)
  6. Munich Franz Josef Strauss (Germany)
  7. Centrair Nagoya (Japan)
  8. London Heathrow (England)
  9. Zurich Kloten (Switzerland)
  10. Frankfurt am Main (Germany).