World’s Best Airlines for 2018

November 02, 2017
Photo:Air New Zealand
The results are in for world’s best airlines for 2018

The world’s best airlines for 2018 have been announced with Air New Zealand taking out the top “airline of the year” award. Other award categories include the best economy, best business class, and best low-cost carrier.

READ: World’s top ten airlines 2018, the world’s only safety, and product rating agenc promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners include Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Air Canada, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Westjet, Norwegian, Aegean Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Scoot and

READ: What makes a winner?

AWARD CATEGORY: Airline Of The Year
Air New Zealand selected for Airline of the year

Air New Zealand is being honored for the fifth consecutive year for its continued record-breaking financial performance, in-flight innovations, environmental leadership, young fleet and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter.

Air NZ wins AirlineRatings Airline of the Year 2018
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon receives’s Airline of the Year 2018 from founder Geoffrey Thomas

It was also named by the readers of the highly respected Condé Nast Traveller as Best Airline in the World outside the US.

The Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government safety audits, with another 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings.

The judging panel said: “Air New Zealand came out number one -or equal first – in all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance.”

AWARD CATEGORY: Airline With The Best First Class
Singapore Airlines wins best First Class experience

This award has been by won by Singapore Airlines whose name is a consistent winner of awards over the past decades synonymous with excellence of in-flight product.

READ: Singapore Airlines wins major awards

World's Best Airlines for 2018

AWARD CATEGORY: Best Business Class
Virgin Australia wins Best Business Class

Virgin Australia has taken out this much sought-after award for the second year running with its “The Business” suite which can be argued is more First Class than Business Class.

READ: Virgin Australia a big winner

AirlineRatings Best Business Class goes to Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia’s business class is outstanding
AWARD CATEGORY: Best Premium Economy
Air New Zealand wins Best Premium Economy

Air New Zealand has won Best Premium Economy once again for its leadership in this class. The airline is continually innovating in all cabins and this has resulted in higher yields as passengers upgrade their travel experience.

Korean Air wins Best Economy Airline

Korean Air is a clear winner with its Economy Class which features 18-inch wide seats at an industry high 33-34-inch seat pitch on its A380s, 777s, and 787s.

Singapore Airlines wins Best Cabin Crew

Best Cabin Crew award has been won by Singapore Airlines with its Singapore Girl and their outstanding commitment to service.

For decades the Singapore Girl has been the face of the airline.

AirlineRatings Best Cabin Crew goes to Singapore Airlines

Qantas Airways wins for Best Catering Services

Qantas has again taken out this award for the fourth year running. Its commitment not only to premium dining but to economy travel which makes up 90 percent of passengers is industry leading.

READ: Qantas a big winner

Qantas Airways selected for Best Lounges

Another win for Australia’s Qantas. Its lounges have become an institution down-under and Qantas’ overseas offerings are also an industry benchmark.

AirlineRatings Best Lounges goes to Qantas

AWARD CATEGORY: Best In-Flight Entertainment
Emirates wins for Best In-Flight Entertainment

Emirates, which was one of the pioneers of IFE, wins Best IFE award. The airline has an IFE product that few airlines equal.

AWARD CATEGORY: Best Domestic Class
Qantas wins for Best Domestic Class

In an era where domestic offerings are becoming leaner both in the US and Europe Australia’s Qantas’s domestic in-flight product is a standout and in many cases, matches or exceeds international service.

AWARD CATEGORY: Regional Airline Of The Year
Aegean Airlines wins Regional Airline of the Year

Athens based Aegean Airlines has taken out this award for delivering a first-class experience on routes around Europe and is now stretching its legs.

AWARD CATEGORY: Most Improved Airline
Tianjin Airlines wins Most Improved Airline

This has been won by Tianjin Airlines in China. This airline is turning heads wherever it goes and it is now flying well beyond China and delivering a superb product at very affordable prices.

AWARD CATEGORY: Best Ultra-Low-Cost Airline wins Ultra-Low-Cost Airline 

A new award, taken out by Vietnam’s , celebrates a new breed of airlines that offer extraordinary value to passengers, while not compromising on product or service.

READ: the Ultra-Low-Cost Award winner

VietJetAir has won best Ultra Low Cost Airlines cabin crew
AWARD CATEGORY: Best Long-Haul Airline
2018 Best Long-Haul Airline Winners Best Long-Haul Airline awards have been won by: Etihad (Middle East/Africa), Korean Air (Asia/Pacific), Virgin Atlantic (Europe) and Air Canada (The Americas).

Airline Ratings Best Long Haul Airline Middle East goes to Etihad -world's best airlines for 2018

AWARD CATEGORY: Best Low-Cost Airline
2018 Best Low-Cost Airline Winners winners are Westjet (The Americas), Scoot (Asia/Pacific) and Norwegian (Europe).

READ: Westjet Low-Cost Americas winner

AirlineRatings Best Low Cost Airline Americas goes to WestJet - world's best airlines for 2018



  1. @Doug We don't list all the world's airlines just the top 10. You can also check the in flight product and safety rating of any airline under the ratings section on the website. Other than the absolute best airlines ( and the absolute worst) there is not a lot to separate the middle so it's very hard to rank 1 to 450
  2. Flew Aegean in Europe for first time this week. Interesting to read their election; good legroom, but their seats are the worst I have experienced, very thin seat cushion and backrest, which makes the seats very uncomfortable. Bad luck of having staff that did not even apologize after hitting me with a food tray.
  3. I don't know how Singapore Airlines gets voted best long haul First Class. My wife and I are fortunate to be able to fly First Class to Europe every year. We have flown with most of the airlines and in our opinion nothing comes close to Air France on long haul First Class. Last trip we flew Singapore Airlines and found ourselves quite disappointed with the experience. Having said that about 7 years ago we flew Singapore Business class to Zurich and found this to be one of the best Business Class trips we have had. However SIA First Class doesn't seem that much different to their Business Class.