In case you are a travel freak, you must have a detailed knowledge of your destination and the way of commuting. For covering international destinations, you must have a crisp knowledge of the airlines. Considering where you want to travel and also your budget, proper selection of airlines is a must. You may choose to travel with five-star rated airlines or maybe one that better fits your budget, but that depends on which continent you want to cover. It’s essential to know the routes and specialties of the airlines.
Suppose you want to travel from Asia to the west, you had better choose Emirates or Qatar. If your preference is Africa, then choosing Kenyan, Ethiopian or South African Airlines would be your best bet. While traveling towards South East Asia, choosing Singapore Airlines would be the best. You may opt for Japan Airlines or All Nippon Airways when you opt to tour the Far East. And, if you want to travel to the European continent, then you should choose Lufthansa or Aeroflot.
We studied some airlines and came up with some of the best options to travel the world. Skytrax ratings are essential in order to properly study the airline companies based on their service and quality.
25 QATAR AIRWAYS - THE LEADING 5-STAR AIRLINE
Qatar Airways got rated as one of the best airlines in 2017 by the leading consumer aviation expert named as Skytrax. They got awarded at the Paris Air Show, and the carrier received the award for four consecutive years.
The group CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the award reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by every employee working relentlessly with Qatar. As per a survey conducted considering 49 parameters, nearly 19.78 million travelers from around the world travel in Qatar Airways. The parameters included boarding procedures, seating arrangement and also quality service. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
24 ASIANA - THE BEST MID-SIZED AIRLINE
Asiana is a South Korea based airline which is known for its cleanliness, cabin crew and economy class products. It currently covers a fleet of Boeing jets and modern Airbus. Being a member of star alliance, Asiana flies across 90 international and 14 domestic routes.
They began their operations in December 1988, and it started on behalf of their president. Presently it’s a mid-sized global career with a current fleet of 85 aircraft. In February 2009, they were awarded ‘Airline of the year’ by ATW (Airport Transport World). They are 5-star rated airlines. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
23 AIR NEW ZEALAND - THE SAFEST RANKED AIRLINE
It's rated as one of the finest long-haul carriers. If you opt for economy class, you will have the privilege of choosing innovative Sky couch that transforms into a bank of three seats, and you may even enjoy a flat activity area.
The aircraft usually flies to 51 destinations and was ranked as the safest carrier by JACDEC. You will enjoy in-flight entertainment and flight magazines. If you travel domestic, you can enjoy flexi-time option which includes extra baggage checked that weighs up to 23 kgs. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
22 AIR FRANCE - ENJOY THE LA PREMIERE CLASS
Air France had always been number one in terms of service and satisfaction. Although its resurgence took a step backward as it was dealing with labor and financial issues, it still proved that it was amazing at providing amazing service to their customers.
Take a look at the La Premiere first class suites, and you will be simply bowled out. It’s luxury in the sky. In 2008 it merged with KLM, and the merger became a successful one with improved service to the travelers. It’s an airline of its kind which flies to 201 destinations. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
21 AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES - ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE AFTER HOSTING LABOR PROBLEMS
Although Australian Airlines faced a host of labor problems in the recent past, it still excels in terms of high-level service. In 2017, the Lufthansa owned airlines took home the award for the ‘Best Airline Staff Service of Europe’ category.
This airline boasts having a Boeing 767-300 ER and 777-200 jets that fly out of its base in Vienna. Flyers in the Economy class gave the airlines high marks for the fact that it serves a high-class onboard dinner and also has great entertainment options. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
20 JAPAN AIRLINES - THE RISING STAR OF FAR EAST
Japan Airlines or JAL is Japan's flagship carrier and is one of the most sought-after airlines of the world. People who review it on Skytrax rated JAL as the second best airline in the world for the attentive service of the Airline's flight and ground staff.
Japan Airlines flies to 92 destinations and has a fleet size of 162 approximately. In 2009, while Japan airlines suffered financial losses, it remained as one of Asia’s largest airlines in terms of revenue. Between the period 2009 and 2010, JAL seriously considered a strategic investment from Delta airlines and joined the sky team alliance. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
19 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA - EQUIPPED WITH STATE OF THE ART ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES
Richard Branson, the millionaire, owns the brand Virgin which has experienced massive growth in the Asia Pacific market since 2000. There is a fleet of long-haul Boeing 777 and also Airbus A 330 which comes with interior mood lighting and another feature, a state of the art screen of 9-inches in length that serves entertainment.
In 2017, Virgin Australia won the award for being the best in the Australia/Pacific region and also being the best Airline staff. Virgin Australia has a fleet of 339 flights and flies between 65 destinations of the world. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
18 SWISS INTERNATIONAL - ARISING FROM THE REMNANTS OF SWISS AIR
The Swiss International Airlines emerged in 2002 when it was taken over from Swiss Air, which was a defunct airline and now it’s a member of Lufthansa as a corporate group. This Basel based international carrier in 2016 became the first to operate in the next generation of Bombardier C-series airliner.
Some fliers find the seats less comfortable but the cabin crew has been rated as friendly and the airlines have a wide range of adult beverages. The complimentary Swiss chocolate is always everybody’s favorite. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
17 TURKISH AIRLINES - THE FLAG BEARER AIRLINES OF TURKEY
Turkish Airlines, the flag bearer of Turkey based in Ataturk, Turkey connects with almost 200 cities in 100 countries. Its home could be turned to a transit hub. In spite of having political unrest, Ataturk is one of the busiest airports in the world that proudly connects Turkey to the rest of the world making no compromise in the high-quality service.
The Airlines won recognition for being the best business class airline lounge, the best business class onboard airline catering, and also for being the best business class dining lounge. It had been the best airline in Europe before it lost the title to Lufthansa recently.(Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
16 THAI AIRWAYS - THE INDUSTRY LEADER IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
Thai Airways have been an industry leader in terms of quality service. Fliers have rated the economic seating system to be comfortable and the service to be a hospitable one. According to Skytrax ratings, the dining services available are customer-friendly and delectable.
In 2017, Thai Airways won the award for being the world’s best economy class airline, best onboard catering and for having the best airline spa facility. Thai Airways has a fleet of 82 flights and flies to 92 destinations. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
15 QANTAS - RE-EMERGED AS ONE OF THE BEST AIRLINES
Even after facing stiff competition from Virgin Australia, Qantas re-emerged as one of the best airlines as having superior quality customer service. The airline has an excellent array of entertainment service including in-flight entertainment.
In 2017, Qantas was awarded the World’s premium economy class airline and the world’s best premium economy. It has a total of 124 fleets and flies to 85 destinations. In March 24th, 2018, an aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner became the first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and Europe. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
14 GARUDA INDONESIA - THE AIRLINE THAT UNDERWENT DRAMATIC CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS
Garuda Indonesia underwent a dramatic turnover in recent years. This airline has undergone renewal services and service improvement. It's an attempt to improve the service and trust to both the fliers and also safety regulators.
Fliers in the economy category have opted for the airline’s comfortable seat as well as safety regulations. In 2017, Garuda’s flight attendants were the winner of the best award for the world’s best cabin crew, and they achieved that second time in a row. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
13 HAINAN AIRLINES - THE AIRLINE THAT RIGHTFULLY EARNED ITS 5-STAR RATING
Hainan airlines, founded in 1993 was the only airlines that managed to get the Skytrax five star ratings. Within a span of just three years, the airlines successfully pushed up from 22nd position to the top 10. With a trusted fleet of more than 160, the Boeing and Airbus jet is rapidly expanding through Asia, Australia and also Europe.
Reviewers of Skytrax rated this airline well for attentive services and quality business class accommodations. Hainan is known to win recognition for being the best airline in China and also for the best airline staff service in China. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
12 ETIHAD AIRWAYS - THE FLAGSHIP AIRLINE CARRIER IN UAE
Etihad Airways has its base in Abu Dhabi got recognized as the flagship airline company in the United Arab Emirates. The Airbus and Boeing flights fly to around 100 destinations.
This national carrier has become famous for its trademark in residence flying apartment as well as first class and business class suites. In 2017, Etihad bagged the award for the world’s best first class airline, best first class onboard catering service, and best first class seat. Etihad partners with Air Serbia, Jet Airways, Air Seychelles and Virgin Australia. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
11 LUFTHANSA - KNOWN FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND PRODUCT QUALITY
It’s one of Europe’s largest airlines that made its name in the top 10 over the past years. Customers have appreciated Lufthansa for its exceptional service and also the product quality of the airlines.
Lufthansa has a state of the art long-haul service along with the best of its class service provided by its new aircraft A-380 superjumbo and 748-8 intercontinental superjumbo jets. Lufthansa has a fleet of around 279 aircraft that fly to 220 destinations. This airline has a strategic partnership with Air Malta, Luxair, BMI regional and LATAM. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
10 EVA AIR - THE AIRLINES OF TAIWAN
EVA Air which belongs to Taiwan was founded way back in 1989. It was initially a container company and an offshoot of the global container shipping giant better known as Evergreen group. This Taipei based group has shown promising growth in the last two decades and presently has a large fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
They are credited with the concept of ‘premium economy’ cabin. EVA is also awarded to be the world’s best airline for cabin cleanliness and also for having the best business class comfort amenities. The airline has a fleet size of 74 and flies to 77 destinations. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
9 CATHAY PACIFIC - ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED AIRLINES OF THE PACIFIC RIM
Cathay Pacific is a Hong Kong-based airline, and it slipped from the spot on which it was last year. Still, the airline retains its place as being one of the most respected carriers of the Pacific Rim. Cathay Pacific has a fleet of long-range Boeing 777-300 ER jets and strategies that emphasize on delivering flights with high frequency to their customers.
It is known to be one of the finest carriers of Asia. Reviewers from Skytrax gave this airline quite high ratings for having comfortable seats, quality service and also in-flight entertainment. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
8 EMIRATES - THE BEST AIRLINE in DUBAI
Since the last thirty years, Emirates has been one of the reputed long-haul carriers which operate exclusively through the palatial hub of Dubai International airport. It has a fleet size of 255 and flies to 143 destinations. It boasts of having the world’s largest fleet of Airbus 380 superjumbos and also Boeing 777 wide-body jets that are presently available.
The in-flight entertainment system is noteworthy as it has music on demand and also allows live telecasts of television and sporting events. The aircraft is well equipped with all state of the art facilities and has also earned Skytrax award for best in-flight entertainment. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
7 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS - THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE OF JAPAN
All Nippon Airways, abbreviated as ANA is the largest international carrier in Japan and it continues to be one of the top airlines. It owns one of the largest fleets of Boeing-787 Dreamliners. The economy seating system includes slide-forward type reclining seats that increase overall privacy. They are connected to USB outlets as well.
ANA won the award for having the world’s best airport services as well as having the best airline staff service in Asia. It flies to 97 destinations and has a fleet size of 221. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
6 SINGAPORE AIRLINES - THE FINEST AIRLINE in THE WORLD
Singapore Airlines has its base in Changi International airport which is said to have one of the finest facilities of the world. It’s been rated by Skytrax to be one of the best airports in the world for the last five years. The flight attendants are specially trained to treat customers with great respect and care.
The personal TV’s have a lot of entertainment options and have hot towels served just before take-off. You will enjoy some of the economy perks as you travel with this airline. This airline has also been awarded for being the best airline in Asia, has the best premium economy catering, and the best business class airline seats. (Source: Pulselive.co.ke)
5 KENYA AIRWAYS - CONNECTING AFRICA WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD
Kenya Airways is the national air carrier of Kenya. It was established in 1977 soon after the breakup of East African Airways. Presently, it has a fleet size of 40 and connects 53 destinations. Kenya Airways have rightly connected Kenya as well as Africa to the other parts of the world. Having a class of its own, it is rated as a 5-star airline.
You will just love the hospitality and the superior customer service you will receive while on the aircraft. Kenya Airways is in partnership with KLM Airways thereby making it much more accessible to various destinations. (Source: Wikipedia)
4 ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES - one of the busiest hubs in africa
Ethiopian Airlines, owned by the government of Ethiopia was formed in 1945. Having its base in Bole airport, Addis Ababa, the airlines connects the rest of the world with Africa. It’s one of the busiest hubs in Africa. You will enjoy the in-flight entertainment system, and points (Sheba miles) will be added as you increase your number of journeys.
It has a fleet size of 100 and connects almost 125 passenger destinations and 44 cargo destinations. It started the long-haul routes in 1951. You will fly safe and steadily to European destinations at a cheaper rate compared to other 5-star rated airlines. (Source: Wikipedia)
3 AMERICAN AIRLINES - THE LARGEST AIRLINE NETWORK
American Airlines is a major airline having its headquarter in Fort Worth, Texas. If you measure by terms of fleet size, revenue, passengers carried and scheduled passenger flown in kilometers, American Airlines is the largest in the world. Almost 6,700 flights operate on a weekly basis across 350 destinations and nearly 50 countries.
It’s a member of one world alliance and has an entrusted commitment with passengers from various diversities. Recently, there was some antipublicity when some passengers recorded ill-behavior with fellow passengers, but the crisis was soon managed, and the airline swept away its negative image effectively. (Source: Wikipedia)
2 AEROFLOT - THE OLDEST AIRLINE OF THE WORLD
Aeroflot, one of the oldest airlines of the world was established in 1923 and is one of the largest airlines of Russian Federation. Soon after the dissolution of USSR, the airline was transformed from state-run to a semi-privatized company.
Presently, it has a fleet size of 236 and flies to 129 destinations. You can earn from the miles flown in Aeroflot, and that will be credited to your profile resulting in higher rewards. Thus, you can fly to Asian and European destinations with Aeroflot and earn rewards accordingly. (Source: Wikipedia)
1 SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS - THE SIGNIFICANT CARRIER CONNECTING AFRICA
It’s the national airline carrier of South Africa. It has a partnership with SA Airlink, SA Express, and also Mango, the low-cost airline. Presently, it has a fleet size of 47 and connects 35 destinations. With South African Airways, you can fly to any destination in Africa and also to other parts of Europe and Asia.
The effects of apartheid were prominent during 1985, and 1990 as offices in Zimbabwe were vandalized, but it came back to business from 1997 to 2005, and it was re-branded. After having creating alliances in 2006, the airlines added various destinations to its list. (Source: Wikipedia)