July 20, 2018 (LBO) – The national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, was not included in the top 50 airlines at the annual Skytrax awards, considered the premier airline awards event in the world. Sri Lankan Airlines barely made it into the top 100, placing at 95, down from 81 in 2017.
No Indian carrier made the Top 100 list also while a smattering of ASEAN region carriers made the list. Apart from Singapore Airlines, which topped the overall ranking as the World’s Best Airline, two other ASEAN region airlines were in the top 10 of the 100 list; Garuda and Thai. AirAsia achieved 28th place in the 100 ranking with fellow regional carriers Malaysia Airlines (34), AirAsiaX (47), Philippine Airlines (49), Vietnam Airlines (50), SilkAir (56), Scoot (61) and JetstarAsia (70).
Singapore Airlines earned the coveted World’s Best Airline award, as well as winning World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia, Best First Class Seat, Best First Class Lounge in Asia, Best Business Class Lounge in Asia, Best First Class in Asia, Best Business Class in Asia, and Best Premium Economy Class in Asia.
Qatar Airlines, last year’s best overall airline, came in 2nd place for World’s Best Airline while also winning World’s Best Business Class, Best Business Class Seat, World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge, Best Airline in the Middle East, Best Business Class in the Middle East, Best Business Class Lounge in the Middle East, Best Economy Class in the Middle East, Best Cabin Crew in the Middle East, and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in the Middle East.
Meanwhile the award for the best Economy Class went to Thai Airways as well as the awards for Best Economy Class Onboard Catering, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class in Asia.
The Top 10 for the World’s Best Airline award were:
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Qatar Airways
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
5. EVA Air
6. Cathay Pacific
8. Hainan Airlines
9. Garuda Indonesia
10. Thai Airways
The World Airline Awards began in 1999, when Skytrax launched its first global, annual airline customer satisfaction survey, with the latest 2017-2018 survey achieving 20.36 million completed, eligible entries.