Emirates has been named the best airline in the world at the annual World Airline Awards held today by Skytrax at the Farnborough International Air Show in Hampshire.

The Dubai-based airline took home the prestigious title, trumping last year's winner Qatar Airways, which came second.

Singapore Airlines took third spot, followed by Cathay Pacific, both in last year's top five, while ANA All Nippon Airways rose two places to come fifth.

Qantas was the top ranked Australian airline, climbing one spot from last year's result to come in ninth. 

The top 10 world's best airlines*

1. Emirates (Flight test: business class)

2. Qatar Airways (Flight test: economy class)

3. Singapore Airlines (Flight test: economy class)

4. Cathay Pacific (Flight test: business class)

5. ANA All Nippon Airways

6. Etihad Airways

7. Turkish Airlines

8. EVA Air

9. Qantas Airways

10. Lufthansa (Flight test: economy class)

*according to the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards

"Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touchpoint, every day, all around the world," said Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates. 

In other awards, Qatar Airways took gongs for the world's best business class, best business class lounge and best airline staff in the Middle East, while Singapore was awarded the best airline in Asia and ANA All Nippon Airways was recognised for offering the world's best airport services and having the best airline staff in Asia for the second year in a row. 

Other accolades included the world's best low-cost airline handed to Norwegian and the world's most improved airline won by Thai Airways.

Skytrax World Airline Awards: A-Z of winners

Aegean Airlines
Best Regional Airline in Europe 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Best Airline in Eastern Europe 

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

Air France
Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining
Best First Class Comfort Amenities 

Air New Zealand
World's Best Premium Economy Class Cabin
World's Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat 

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 

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

Asiana Airlines
World's Best Economy Class
Best Economy Seat
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering 

Austrian
Best Airline Staff Service in Europe
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 

Cathay Pacific Airways
World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
Best First Class Airline Lounge 

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

Emirates
World's Best Airline (Airline of the Year) 
World's Best Airline Inflight Entertainment 

Ethiopian Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in Africa 

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

EVA Air
Best Airline Transpacific
Best Business Class Comfort Amenities 

Finnair
Best Airline in Northern Europe 

flyDubai
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 

Hawaiian Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in North America 

Indigo
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India 

Jetstar Airways
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific 

Juneyao Airlines
Best Regional Airline in China 

Kulula
Best Low Cost Airline in Africa 

LAN Airlines
Best Airline in South America 

Lufthansa
Best Airline in Western Europe
Best Airline Transatlantic 

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

Plaza Premium
World's Best Independent Airport Lounge 

Porter Airlines
Best Regional Airline in North America 

Qantas
Best Airline Australia in Pacific
Best Airline Staff in Australia / Pacific
Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering 

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

Royal Air Maroc 
Best Regional Airline in Africa 

Singapore Airlines
Best Airline in Asia
Best Business Class Airline Seat 

Sky Airline
Best Regional Airline South America 

South African Airways
Best Airline in Africa 

Spring Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in China 

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

Thai Airways
World's Most Improved Airline
Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility 

Thomson Airways
World's Best Leisure Airline 

Turkish Airlines
Best Airline in Europe
Best Airline in Southern Europe
Best Business Class Airline Catering
Best Business Class Lounge Dining 

Virgin America
Best Airline in North America
Best Low-Cost Airline in North America 

Often referred to as the "Oscars of the aviation industry", the World Airline Awards this year welcomed entries from more airlines than ever before. The winners are then chosen based on what is said to be "the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey".

While the figures for this year's awards are yet to be released, last year's survey of 18.9 million passengers saw more than 245 airlines measured on 41 key performance standards, from the quality of check-in service and boarding procedures to cabin cleanliness and other indicators.

The Telegraph, London

See also: The perfect airline experience named
See also: 20 secrets to enjoying an economy flight



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