Middle Eastern and Asian carriers have emerged the big winners in a list of the world’s top 20 airlines as decided by flyers from 160 countries. Emirates took the top spot at the 2013 edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show this week, where the Dubai-based carrier succeeded in bumping rival Qatar from a place it’s occupied for the last two years.
The winners are based on more than 18 million customer surveys which measure passenger satisfaction in areas such as check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, staff, in-flight dining and entertainment.
The awards covered 200 carriers. Here’s how airlines stacked up:
1. Emirates 2. Qatar Airways 3. Singapore Airlines 4. ANA All Nippon Airways 5. Asiana Airlines 6. Cathay Pacific Airways 7. Etihad Airways 8. Garuda Indonesia 9. Turkish Airlines 10. Qantas Airways 11. Lufthansa 12. EVA Air 13.Virgin Australia 14. Malaysia Air 15. Thai Airways 16. Swiss Int’l Air Lines 17. Korean Air 18. Air New Zealand 19. Hainan Airlines 20. Air Canada