Middle East carriers named among the best in the world

Middle East carriers named among the best in the world

Qatar Airways took 2nd place, Emirates took 4th in 2023 World Airline Awards

Singapore Airline was named World’s Best Airline at the 2023 World Airline Awards, which were recently announced at a gala ceremony held at the Paris Air Show. 

Dubbed ‘the Oscars of the aviation industry’, the World Airline Awards began in 1999 and are totally independent and impartial.

The seven times winner of the prestigious Airline of the Year award, Qatar Airways, was ranked second in the world for 2023, with ANA (All Nippon Airways) in third place, Emirates at fourth, and Japan Airlines at fifth. More than 325 airlines were vetted in the survey results.

Qatar Airways scooped nine award wins in total, continuing its domination in business class, winning the awards for World’s Best Business Class, the World’s Best Business Class Seat, the World’s Best Business Class Lounge (the Al Mourjan lounge at Hamad International Airport) and the World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining, as well as the Best Airline in the Middle East.

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Accepting the award for World’s Best Airline, Singapore Airlines chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong said: “We are very grateful to our customers for their enduring loyalty to Singapore Airlines. During the pandemic, their support and encouragement gave us the strength and determination to overcome the unprecedented challenges. 

"Today, as we recover from the pandemic, we're firmly committed to innovating and investing in industry-leading products and services, and ensuring that SIA continues to offer our customers a world-class travel experience.”


Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted added: “It's a fabulous achievement for Singapore Airlines to achieve this World’s Best Airline title for 2023. Singapore Airlines achieved excellent results in many of the award categories, with the highlight being recognition of their First Class cabin as the World’s Best First Class.”

Kuwait Airways won the 2023 award as the World’s Most Improved Airline, ahead of StarLux in 2nd place and PLAY in 3rd position. This award reflects an airline’s quality improvement across the entire awards programme, evaluating an airline’s change in the global rating, and their performance in different award categories.

The World’s Top 20 Airlines in 2023

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. Japan Airlines
  6. Turkish Airlines
  7. Air France
  8. Cathay Pacific
  9. EVA Air
  10. Korean Air
  11. Hainan Airlines
  12. Swiss Int’l Air Lines
  13. Etihad Airways
  14. Iberia
  15. Fiji Airways
  16. Vistara
  17. Qantas Airways
  18. British Airways
  19. Air New Zealand
  20. Delta Air Lines

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