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Africa’s top flag carriers miss out on 2019 list of best airlines globally

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– Qatar Airways was voted the World’s Best Airline followed by Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways respectively

– Air Asia won the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Award while the World’s Best Economy Class and Economy Class Seat Award went to Japan Airlines

– Ethiopian Airlines was ranked the best in Africa, 44th globally, whereas South African Airways scooped the Best Airlines Staff Service Award

– Additionally, South African-based Fastjet won the Best Low-Cost Airlines in Africa

The 2019 list of top 10 best airlines in the world is out, but unfortunately for the African aviation industry players, there is little to nothing to celebrate.

None of the African aviation giants made it to the top of the global league table presented during the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, June 18, at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

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Africa’s top flag carriers miss out on 2019 list of best airlines in the world

Although it did not make it to the top 10 list of best airlines in the world in 2019, Ethiopian Airlines was voted as the best airline in Africa. Photo: TUKO.
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Flying at the top was Qatar Airways, once again voted by the consumers as the World’s Best Airline, followed by Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways at second and third positions respectively according to the 2019 Skytrax report.

The Gulf flag carrier which was dislodged from the top spot by Singapore Airlines in 2018 made a remarkable comeback as it also bagged the World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East awards.

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At fourth, fifth and sixth spots were the Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates and EVA Air respectively, followed by Hainan Airlines, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa and Thai Airways in positions seven, eight, nine and 10 in that order.

Below is the complete list of top 10 best airlines globally:

1. Qatar Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Cathay Pacific Airways

5. Emirates

6. EVA Air

7. Hainan Airlines

8. Qantas Airways

9. Lufthansa

10. Thai Airways

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Other notable awards were that of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline which went to Air Asia and World’s Best Economy Class and Economy Class Seat Award won by Japan Airlines.

The Syntax award for the World’s Cleanest Airlines went to EVA Air, whereas that of the World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering was taken by Air France.

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The best ranked airline in Africa was Ethiopian Airlines at position 44, four places down from position 40 in 2018, in the global league table.

Still in Africa, the Ethiopian flag carrier was followed by South African Airways at position 46 (one place down from 45 in 2018) globally.

South African Airways was also recognised as the Best Airlines Staff Service Award on the continent.

Kenya Airways (KQ) was ranked position 90 globally, five places backwards from position 85 it held in 2018.

Below is continuation of the 2019 list of top 100 airlines in the world.

11. Japan Airlines

12. Garuda Indonesia

13. Swiss International Air Lines

14. China Southern Airlines

15. Austrian Airlines

16. Air New Zealand

17. Bangkok Airways

18. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

19. British Airways

20. AirAsia

21. Virgin Atlantic

22. Aeroflot

23. Air France

24. Hong Kong Airlines

25. Virgin Australia

26. Iberia

27. Turkish Airlines

28. Asiana Airlines

29. Etihad Airways

30. Philippine Airlines

31. Air Canada

32. Finnair

33. Cathay Dragon

34. China Airlines

35. Korean Air

36. Malaysia Airlines

37. EasyJet

38. Aer Lingus

39. Norwegian

40. jetBlue Airways

41. Delta Air Lines

42. Aegean Airlines

43. Oman Air

44. Ethiopian Airlines

45. Fiji Airways

46. South African Airways

47. Southwest Airlines

48. AirAsia X


50. Azul Airlines

51. Air Astana

52. Azerbaijan Airlines

53. Jetstar Airways

54. Alaska Airlines

55. WestJet

56. Vietnam Airlines

57. Saudi Arabian Airlines

58. IndiGo

59. Ryanair

60. Air Transat

61. Air Mauritius

62. SilkAir

63. Eurowings

64. Scoot

65. SAS Scandinavian

66. Royal Brunei Airlines

67. LOT Polish

68. United Airlines

69. Vistara

70. Avianca

71. Gulf Air

72. Alitalia

73. AtlasGlobal

74. American Airlines

75. China Eastern Airlines

76. TAP Portugal

77. TUI Airways

78. Copa Airlines

79. Brussels Airlines

80. Juneyao Airlines

81. Jetstar Asia

82. Porter Airlines

83. Hawaiian Airlines

84. American Eagle

85. PAL Express

86. Peach

87. Air Malta

88. Air Seychelles

89. Air Dolomiti

90. Kenya Airways

91. Vueling Airlines

92. Air Canada rouge

93. Royal Air Maroc


95. Jet2.com

96. S7 Airlines

97. Royal Jordanian Airlines

98. Flynas

99. Air China

100. Icelandair

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