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Australasia’s and world’s best airlines, per TripAdvisor

Qantas, Air NZ and Singapore claim TripAdvisor’s top awards for airlines

Qantas has been named best airline in Australia for the third straight year in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines. 


But Trans-Tasman rival Air New Zealand has outshined the Aussie carrier, picking up the award for Best Airline in South Pacific and Oceania (which includes Australia) and most impressively, finishing as the world’s second best carrier.


Air NZ near Wellington


Virgin Australia placed third among the South Pacific’s top airlines, behind Air NZ and Qantas. Singapore Airlines, which was also named world’s best carrier at the World Airline Awards, was revealed as the best airline for the second consecutive year. 


Now in its third year, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines recognises 57 carriers in 91 award categories.


“Congratulations to the fifty plus airlines around the globe that won this prestigious award, including Qantas, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines,” TripAdvisor Flights, Cruise & Car president Bryan Saltzburg said.


“The airline industry continues to focus on improving the overall flying experience, and these award-winning carriers are at the forefront. 


“Airlines worldwide recognise this Travellers’ Choice award as a huge testament to consumer recognition.”


Claiming a commendable six awards, Air NZ also picked up gongs for Best Premium Economy class in the world, and Best Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes in the South Pacific and Oceania. Qantas was awarded Best First Class in the region.


Top 10 Airlines in the World:

1. Singapore Airlines   

2. Qatar Airways   

3. EVA Air   

4. Emirates   

5. Japan Airlines (JAL)

6. Southwest Airlines   

7. Azul   

8. Air New Zealand   


10. ANA (All Nippon Airways)  


Class of Service Global Winners:

·       Best First Class: Emirates

·       Best Business Class: Qatar Airways

·       Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand

·       Best Economy: Singapore Airlines


In determining the winners, TripAdvisor assessed the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide, over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights.


For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice award-winning airlines for 2019, visit:


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 1 April 2019

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