INTRODUCTION: TOP 5 AIRLINES IN THE WORLD
With well over 5,000 airlines in the world, finding the right one might always be tricky. That is because they source their fleets from largely the same companies. Also, they ply more or less similar routes and serve invariably the same cuisine. It is for this reason that appropriate guidance to this end is by all means called for.
We are here to help you out in this. After scouring numerous authority sites and agencies, we have managed to come up with the five leading airlines at the moment. A brief description is going to follow each airline to showcase why it deserves to be on this list.
TOP 5 AIRLINES IN THE WORLD
Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier of Singapore. Its hub is at the Singapore Changi Airport. This airline has consistently ranked as the world’s best. The main reasons underlying this high ranking are fewer accidents or safety issues and great inflight services.
Other than ranking first overall, it also topped all airlines in the ‘best first class’ category. This was occasioned by the introduction of a new first class suite. The suite is spacious, more soundproof, and packed with tons of infotainment features. This is not to mention the great cuisine and warm in-flight attendants.
2. Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand comes second. It is the flag carrier of New Zealand and is based in Auckland. It operates flights to around 20 domestic and 31 international destinations. You will come across it in a whopping 19 different countries. Lastly, it also doubles up as a star alliance member.
A combination of lower accidents, warm in flight services, and minimal delays are responsible for its high ranking. It also took the first spot on the ‘Best Premium Economy’ in 2019. This was mainly due to its spacious seats, expanding route network and premium touches.
3. Qantas Airlines
Qantas is undoubtedly one of the world’s largest and most noticeable international airlines. It is also the world’s third oldest airlines by virtue of its founding in 1920. Many people love it due to its long haul flights which traverse huge distances at a time.
This airline topped all others in two main categories. These are the ‘best lounges’ and the ‘regional airline of the year,’ respectively. The latter was mainly occasioned by its presence in remote and otherwise challenging environments. It gives many people hope and reliability where other airlines avoid.
4. Qatar Airways
This Middle-eastern airline took the fourth spot. It is state-owned and the national flag carrier for Qatar. The airline links over 150 international destinations world over. To link these destinations, it operates on the hub-and-spoke business model. Finally, it is also one of the most visible airlines world over.
It led all airlines in two main categories. These are the ‘best business class’ and the ‘best catering’ respectively. Indeed, many customers who have traveled in this airline have poured accolades on the quality of the food they receive while on board. Its business lounge is simply unbeatable.
5. Virgin Australia
Wrapping up the list is Virgin Australia. It is a subsidiary of the Virgin Holdings which has a presence in many parts of the world. Its services are mainly restricted to Australia where it connects two cities. The airline nevertheless plans to spread its wings world over soon.
It dislodged Singapore Airlines to scoop the top spot in the ‘best cabin crew’ category 2019. Indeed, a number of past passengers have opined that their inflight attendants are simply the best. They are polite, courteous, and are always there for you. This has made them use the airline over and over again.