And the World's Best Airlines are…Not in the U.S.

The annual World Airline Awards have been presented, but not a single North American carrier cracked the top 10. The honors (formerly called the Skytrax awards), are based on votes by passengers from 160 countries, but we don’t know where these voters hail from.

World’s Best Airlines for 2014

Besides the following airlines, the big winners are passengers in Asia and the Middle East.


World Airline Awards – Top Ten

1. Cathay Pacific – Airline of the Year 6. ANA (All Nippon)
2. Qatar Airways 7. Garuda Indonesia
3. Singapore* 8. Asiana
4. Emirates 9. Etihad
5. Turkish 10. Lufthansa


*Singapore’s Changi was also named Best Global Airport.

U.S. Bright Spot: Virgin America

San Francisco-based Virgin America did crack the world-wide top 10 Best Low Cost Airlines, the only U.S. carrier to make the cut. It also topped a regional list – Best Airline Staff, North America – but came in second to Canada’s Porter Airlines for best North American regional overall.

Past Winners – Airline of the Year

If these names sound familiar, it’s because they are (see the 2014 list above).

  • 2013 – Emirates
  • 2012 – Qatar
  • 2011 – Qatar
  • 2010 – Asiana
  • 2009 – Cathay Pacific

If you’ve flown any of these, which is your favorite?


Published: July 16, 2014