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Singapore Airlines named world's best airline for 2018

Singapore Airlines named world's best airline for 2018

Thai Airways International was judged to be the tenth best airline.

Singapore Airlines is voted the World's Best Airline in 2018 by travelers, with Qatar Airways taking 2nd place and ANA in 3rd position.

AirAsia has been named the world's best low-priced airline for the 10th year in a row.

Along with being one of the most respected travel brands in the world, Skytrax editors point out that Singapore Airlines flies one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the industry, with a network that spans six continents. Japan Airlines 9. Virgin Australia 10. It is still some way off its 2006 heyday, when it topped the table, but the news is likely to offer something of a boost for the beleaguered company, which has faced criticism in recent years for scrapping free food and drink on short-haul flights, cutting legroom, and copying low-priced carriers with the introduction of "Basic" fares, which mean passengers with hold luggage pay more.

Two Montreal-based airlines were among the winners at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The unpaid survey, which covered more than 335 airlines, measured 49 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service. Cathay Pacific Airways 7.

Air Canada also received the Best Business Class in North America and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in North America awards.

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Sixty-eight airlines won awards in more than 145 categories.

Best Business Class, Best Business Class Seat and Best First Class Lounge went to Qatar Airways.

Other accolades include China Southern Airlines winning the world's most Improved airline, continued success for Garuda Indonesia being named the world's best cabin crew, Norwegian as the best long-haul low-priced airline.

Other risers include Aeroflot (up from 30th to 23rd), Oman Air (53rd to 44th), and Azerbaijan Airlines (71st to 58th).

AirAsia, which flies to Auckland from Malaysia, continued dominance being named the world's best low-priced airline. Lufthansa 5. Air France 6.