Singapore Airlines named world's best, as Virgin drops nine spots

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Best airlines in the world for 2018 according to Skytrax

Singapore Airlines 3. Qatar Airways 4.

The Asian carrier pipped Qatar Airways - last year's victor - to the gong, with Japan's All Nippon Airways completing the podium.

Singapore Airlines has been voted the world's best airline by travellers, with Qatar Airways taking second place and Japan's ANA in third position.

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.

Virgin Atlantic dropped four places to 29th overall but remained the highest ranked United Kingdom airline.

For the last two years, Singapore Air has been revamping its cabins to provide bigger entertainment consoles and more space, including double-beds in its A380 first-class suites and full-flat beds for business class in regional flights, to help compete against Middle Eastern carriers.

The carrier also took out the awards for best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class seat.

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Meanwhile, the world airline awards are based on the results of a year-long, online poll which collected 20.36 million survey entries at www.worldairlinesurvey.com.

With regards to the methodology used, Skytrax are the world's largest, annual airline passenger satisfaction survey.

Other previous winners of the top prize have included Emirates (2001, 2002, 2013, 2016), Cathay Pacific (2003, 2005, 2009, 2014) and Asiana (2010).

TUI Airways won the Best Leisure Airline in the United Kingdom, while other United Kingdom airlines such as Ryanair didn't win any awards.

Sixty-eight airlines won awards in more than 145 categories. Aeroflot 7. EVA Air 8.

Along with the title of World's Best Low-Cost Airline, AirAsia also won the awards for World's Best Low-Cost Premium Cabin and Asia's Best Low-Cost Airline. Falling down the rankings were Etihad (8th to 15th), Air France (18th to 25th) and Alitalia (63rd to 75th). Deutsche Lufthansa was the only European airline to make it to the Top 10, while there were none from the US.

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