The World's Top 20 Airlines in 2017

The Top 20 Airlines of 2017

1. Qatar Airways/Previous rank: 2
The Doha-based airline links over 150 destinations across the globe and is expanding its fleet to include the latest generation of long-haul airliners including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350.

2. Singapore Airlines/Previous rank: 3
The airline's home base at Changi International Airport is one of the finest facilities in the world and has been named by Skytrax as the Best Airport in the World five years in a row.

3. All Nippon Airways/Previous rank: 5
ANA is the largest international carrier in Japan and home to one of the world's largest fleets of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

4. Emirates/Previous rank: 1
The airline's home base at Dubai International Airport, the carrier boasts the world's largest fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 777 wide-body jets.

5. Cathay Pacific Airways/Previous rank: 4
With a fleet of long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets and a business strategy centered on offering a high frequency of flights, Cathay is one of the finest flying experiences in Asia.

6. EVA Air/Previous rank: 8
The Taipei-based carrier has grown immensely in the past two decades and now operates a large fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body jets.

7. Lufthansa/Previous rank: 10
For the most part, Lufthansa's long-haul service is good, but, for the best results, it would be wise to aim for the fleet's newer A380 superjumbos and 748-8 Intercontinental jumbo jets.

8. Etihad Airways/Previous rank: 6
Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, with its Airbus and Boeing fleet traveling to about 100 destinations.

9. Hainan Airlines/Previous rank: 12
With a brand-new fleet of more than 160 Boeing and Airbus jets, Hainan is expanding rapidly throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia.

10. Garuda Indonesia/Previous rank: 11
The Indonesia flag carrier has undertaken extensive fleet renewal and service improvement measures to regain the trust of both fliers and safety regulators.

11. Thai Airways/Previous rank: 13
Thai Airways has long been an industry leader for quality service, so it's no surprise to find the Thai national carrier high up on the list.

12. Turkish Airlines/Previous rank: 7
The airline, with its ability to fly to over 100 countries and over 200 cities worldwide, hopes to turn its home base into a global transit hub.

13. Virgin Australia/Previous rank: 18
In typical Virgin fashion, the airline's fleet of long-haul Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 jets come with interior mood lighting and feature a state-of-the-art 9-inch touchscreen entertainment system.

14. Swiss International Air Lines/Previous rank: 15
In 2016, the Basel-based carrier became the first in the world to operate the next generation Bombardier C-Series airliner.

15. Qantas/Previous rank: 9
The airline received praise for its strong customer service and in-flight entertainment.

16. Japan Airlines/Previous rank: 21
Japan's flag carrier is one of the most respected airlines in the world.

17. Austrian Airlines/Previous rank: 19
The Austrian flag carrier boasts a fleet of newly renovated long-haul Boeing 767-300ER and 777-200 jets flying out of its base in Vienna.

18. Air France/Previous rank: 14
Air France's resurgence took a slight step backward this year, the airline's service and quality remains top notch.

19. Air New Zealand/Previous rank: 17
In economy class, families can opt for the airlines innovative Skycouch that transforms a bank of three economy seats into a flat activity area.

20. Asiana/Previous rank: 16
South Korea's Asiana earns high marks from Skytrax for its cabin crew, cleanliness, and economy class products.