The 20 airlines with the best first-class experience

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A first-class seat on Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines

The aviation research firm Skytrax announced on Tuesday the winners of its 2019 world airline awards, based on over 21 million survey responses from airline passengers.

Qatar Airways was named the best airline, followed by Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways. Skytrax also gave awards for categories like the best cabin crew, in-flight entertainment, and cabin cleanliness.


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Singapore Airlines won the award for the best first-class experience. There are no US air carriers on the list.

These are the 20 airlines with the best first-class experience, according to Skytrax.


20. Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines won the award for the most-improved airline in Asia this year.


19. Asiana Airlines

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Asiana Airlines. Airbus

Asiana Airlines was named the world’s 28th-best airline this year.


18. Korean Air

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Korean Air. David Slotnick/Business Insider

Korean Air was named the world’s 35th-best airline this year.


17. China Southern Airlines

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China Southern Airlines. Airbus

China Southern Airlines was named the world’s 14th-best airline this year.


16. Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia won the award for the best airline staff in Indonesia this year.


15. British Airways

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British Airways. British Airways

British Airways won the awards for the best airline staff and the most improved airline in Europe this year.


14. Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines was named the world’s 57th-best airline this year.


13. Cathay Pacific Airways

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Cathay Pacific Airways. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific was named the world’s fourth-best airline this year.


12. Japan Airlines

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Japan Airlines won the awards for the world’s best economy class and economy-class seat this year.


11. Thai Airways

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Thai Airways. Thai Airways

Thai Airways won the awards for the best airline staff in Asia and the world’s best airline spa facility this year.


10. Oman Air

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Oman Air was named the world’s 43rd-best airline this year.


9. Qantas Airways

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Qantas Airways. Qantas

Qantas won the awards for best airline, best first class, and best business class in the Australia/Pacific region this year.


8. Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Airlines won the award for the world’s best first-class lounge this year.


7. ANA All Nippon Airways

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ANA All Nippon Airways. David Slotnick/Business Insider

ANA All Nippon Airways won the awards for the world’s best airport services, the world’s best business-class onboard catering, the best business class in Asia, and the best airline staff in Japan this year.


6. Emirates

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Emirates. Emirates

Emirates won the award for the world’s best inflight entertainment this year.


5. Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways was named the world’s best airline this year.


4. Etihad Airways

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Etihad Airways. Etihad Airways

Etihad won the award for the best first class in the Middle East this year.


3. Air France

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Air France. Air France

Air France won the awards for the world’s best first-class onboard catering, first-class amenities, and first-class lounge dining this year.


2. Lufthansa

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Lufthansa. Lufthansa

Lufthansa won the awards for best airline in Europe and best first class in Europe this year.


1. Singapore Airlines

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Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines was named the world’s second-best airline this year.