World’s Best Airline 2016: It’s Probably Not The One You’re Using

The world’s best airline in 2016 is probably not the one you’re using if you live in the United States. Most of the top ten are actually based overseas, and you might be surprised where the best one is based.

When most of us think of using an airline for travel, there are two schools of thought. If you’re wealthy, you pay for first class seating which offers privacy, comfort, better food, and generally better service. If you’re poor, you get a cheap seat with probably hundreds of others of varying backgrounds and attitudes. The latter often has to deal with long waits for attendant service, cramped seating arrangements, and sometimes, crying infants.

In recent years, traveling by air has also meant taking your chances of being among the casualties of a terrorist attack. After September 11, 2001, security at major airports across the United States has increased to help prevent it. Now you can’t have any sharp objects or fluids among your carry-on luggage because it could be a weapon or bomb components.


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It’s unknown if this had anything to do with the lack of the world’s best airlines in 2016 being based in the United States. Most of them are actually based in the Middle East, the home of what we consider terrorist organizations. It’s where Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, and other terror groups are based.

That’s getting off the topic of who the world’s best airline in 2016 is, though. It’s Emirates, based in Dubai, who beat out the previous leader Qatar in overall luxury and consumer reviews. Emirates President Tim Clark gratefully accepted the prestige of having the world’s best airline in 2016.

“We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious Skytrax awards. Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touchpoint, every day, all around the world. The fact that these awards are based on the direct feedback from passengers is gratifying and wonderful recognition for all of the hard work that’s gone into creating the Emirates experience.”

Virgin managed to dominate in the United States among others such as JetBlue and Porter. Southwest Airlines has been known as a discount service for those who can’t afford a luxury flight, so it’s understandable that they are probably close to the bottom in consumer satisfaction.

The awards for the top ten were given at Tuesday’s Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Brightly dressed flight attendants were on hand to accept the awards as aviation fan looked on.

The following is a full list of the top 25 world’s best airlines in 2016.

1. Emirates
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
6. Etihad Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
8. EVA Air
9. Qantas Airways
10. Lufthansa
11. Garuda Indonesia
12. Hainan Airlines
13. Thai Airways
14. Air France
15. Swiss International Air Lines
16. Asiana Airlines
17. Air New Zealand
18. Virgin Australia
19. Austrian
20. Bangkok Airways
21. Japan Airlines/JAL
22. Dragonair
23. AirAsia
24. KLM
25. Virgin America

Have you used any of these airlines before? What did you think?

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