2013 World Airline Awards: and the Winner Is…


2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards

Skytrax, the self-proclaimed world’s largest airline review site, has become the aviation industry’s go-to reference point for standards and best practices. Their yearly World Airline Awards has likewise become the industry benchmark.

In Paris, France, on June 18th, the 2013 World Airline Awards were again held with much fanfare. The event took place during the 7-day International Paris Air Show, the world’s largest aviation expo, at the Le Bourget Airport.

The Airline of the Year Award went to Emirates, who took the #8 spot the year before, in 2012. This year’s winners seemed to solidify the burgeoning airline and travel industries of the Middle and Far East, with the Gulf Carriers battling it out with eastern Asia’s legacy carriers for the top 10 spots.

The top 10 carriers in the SkyTrax 2013 World Airline Awards were:

1. Emirates
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. All Nippon Airways (ANA)
5. Asiana Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Etihad
8. Garuda Indonesia
9. Turkish Airlines
10. Qantas

Though the most prestigious prize went to Emirates, there are a number of categories where other airline were given a chance to shine. Cathay Pacific was deemed to have the “world’s best cabin staff.” Etihad Airways was given the grand prize for having the best first class service, catering, and seating. Garuda Indonesia was awarded the honors of keeping the “world’s best economy class.”

Here is the full list of winners from all the categories covered:

Best Regional Airline in EuropeAegean Airlines
Best Airline in Eastern EuropeAeroflot Russian Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle EastAir Arabia
Best Airline in Central Asia / IndiaAir Astana
Best Staff Service in Central Asia / IndiaAir Astana
Best Airline in North AmericaAir Canada
World's Best Premium Economy ClassAir New Zealand
World's Best Premium Economy Class Onboard CateringAir New Zealand
World's Best Premium Economy Class SeatsAir New Zealand
World's Best Low-Cost AirlineAirAsia
Best Low-Cost Airline in AsiaAirAsia
Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class cabinAirAsia X
Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class seatAirAsia X
World's Best Airport ServicesANA All Nippon Airways
World's Best Aircraft Cabin CleanlinessANA All Nippon Airways
Best Staff Service in AsiaAsiana Airlines
World's Best Economy Class Onboard CateringAsiana Airlines
Best Staff Service in South AmericaAvianca
Best Low-Cost Airline in South AmericaAzul Airlines
World's Best Cabin StaffCathay Pacific Airways
Best Airline TranspacificCathay Pacific Airways
Best Airline in C America / CaribbeanCopa Airlines
Best Staff Service in C America / CaribbeanCopa Airlines
World's Best Regional AirlineDragonair
Best Regional Airline in AsiaDragonair
Airline of the Year 2013Emirates
World's Best Airline Inflight EntertainmentEmirates
Best Airline in the Middle EastEmirates
Best Airline Staff Service in AfricaEthiopian Airlines
World's Best First ClassEtihad Airways
World's Best First Class Onboard CateringEtihad Airways
World's Best First Class seatsEtihad Airways
Best Airline in Northern EuropeFinnair
World's Best Economy ClassGaruda Indonesia
World's Best Economy Class seatsGaruda Indonesia
Best Airline in ChinaHainan Airlines
Best Airline Staff Service in ChinaHainan Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / IndiaIndiGo
World's Best Business Class seatsJapan Airlines
Best Regional Airline North AmericajetBlue Airways
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / PacificJetstar Airways
Best Airline Staff Service in EuropeKLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Best Airline in South AmericaLAN Airlines
World's Best First Class LoungeLufthansa
Best Airline in Western EuropeLufthansa
Best Airline TransatlanticLufthansa
World's Best Airline Signature DishMalaysia Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in EuropeNorwegian
World's Best Airline Allianceoneworld Alliance
Best Airline Australia / PacificQantas Airways
World's Best Business ClassQatar Airways
World's Best Business Class LoungeQatar Airways
Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle EastQatar Airways
Best Regional Airline in ChinaShenzhen Airlines
Best Airline in AsiaSingapore Airlines
Best Airline in AfricaSouth African Airways
World's Best Leisure AirlineThomson Airways
World's Most Improved AirlineTransaero Airlines
Best Airline in EuropeTurkish Airlines
Best Airline in Southern EuropeTurkish Airlines
Best Business Class Onboard CateringTurkish Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in North AmericaVirgin America
Best Airline Staff Service in North AmericaVirgin America
Best Staff Service in Australia / PacificVirgin Australia
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