When we book a holiday, most of the time the airline we fly with is something of a secondary consideration. We look at things like price and time of the flight as well as where we fly from or to. But should the quality of the airline factor into the process? And can there be benefits to flying with top rated airlines versus those who have a slightly less impressive reputation? Here’s a look at some of the top airlines in the world and what makes them so.
Top 5 in the world
In the most recent rankings of the airlines of the world, Qatar Airways was voted as the top airline in the world, improving their position from the second best last year. Based in Doha, the airline has received top ratings for a number of factors including seat comfort and in-flight entertainment. The company now offers routes to 150 destinations around the world and has the newest long-haul aeroplanes in its fleeting such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Second place this year, also moving up one, is Singapore Airlines. The national airline for Singapore is based out of Changi International Airport, itself having been named as the top airport in the world for the last five years. The airline is particularly notable for the quality of service that passengers receiving including various entertainment options and even hot towels before take off – in economy, no less.
Third place is All Nippon Airways, the Japanese national carrier. This airline is noted for the quality of service, safety standards and the cleanliness of their aeroplanes, which include the largest fleet of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners in operation. With slide forward style reclining seats, power outlets in economy and a sense of privacy, this airline offers a relaxing and high quality service.
Top of the list according to TripAdvisor for the UK’s own airlines is Jet2. The reviews giant used eight different factors to rate the airlines offering flights within the UK including customer service, value for money, boarding, check-in and baggage allowances. Jet2 rated top for a combination of all of these including a general 22kg baggage allowance and friendly flight times.
As well as awarding country and regional awards, the company also awarded airlines for the different class of service on offer. The winners were:
- Economy – Emirates
- Premium economy – Air New Zealand
- Business – Aeroflot
- First Class – Emirates
Choosing an airline
Most people will go with factors such as the cost and flight time when choosing an airline or it might be an automatic part of the package that you are buying. But if you want to have a better experience during the flight, then looking at airline reviews and how an airline is rated by independent companies like TripAdvisor can be a great way to do it. These reviews are based on a number of factors and don’t affiliate with any of them so you get a realistic view of what the airline has to offer to help you make an informed decision.