The 20 best airlines in the world, as ranked by a major traveler survey

The 20 best airlines in the world, as ranked by a major traveler survey

  • Airline ranking company Skytrax has revealed its top 20 airlines in the world for 2022.
  • For the seventh time, Qatar Airways holds the top spot, beating Singapore Airlines and Emirates.
  • No US airlines made the top 20 list, although Delta Air Lines had the highest ranking for North American brands.

In one of the most viewed lists of the world’s best airlines, not a single US airline made it to the Top 20.

Instead, airline ranking company Skytrax again named Doha-based Qatar Airways top of its World Airline Awards for 2022, where it has stood since 2019.

The Top 20 list was compiled from customer surveys, which are independent and unbiased, UK-based Skytrax said in a statement. Travelers were asked about areas such as customer service, comfort and cleanliness, with more than 350 airlines being part of the universe travelers were asked about.

As for the top award winner, Qatar Airways, the airline’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said the title has always been a goal of the company. But “winning it for the seventh time and earning three additional awards is a testament to all the hard work of our incredible employees,” he said, noting that the airline has taken first place seven times since the awards began in 1999.

Qatar also won titles for having the best business class in the world, the best business class seat and the best business class dining room, according to the Skytrax survey.

Singapore Airlines and Emirates came in second and third place, respectively, behind Qatar. Singapore also won the title of the world’s best cabin crew.

No US airlines made the top 20 list, although Delta Air Lines was the most successful of the US airlines, ranking 24th and winning the award for Best Airline in North America .

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines won two titles, including Best Low-Cost Airline in both North America and the US, and United Airlines won the title of Best Business Class Lounge in North America.

Here’s a closer look at the world’s top 20 airlines for 2022, according to Skytrax’s traveler survey.

20. Vistara

A Vistara aircraft.


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India-based Vistara is a full-service airline that flies domestic and international routes in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

19. Virgin Atlantic

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 lands at London Heathrow Airport on October 28, 2020.

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 lands at London Heathrow Airport on October 28, 2020.

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Virgin Atlantic is a London-based airline that flies long-haul routes to North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

18. Eva Air

Air EVA.


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EVA Air is a Taiwanese airline. The company flies routes to Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and the US.

17. KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300.

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The Dutch flag carrier KLM is the oldest airline in service that still bears its original name. The airline mainly operates international flights to Africa, America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

16. Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific A350-1000 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific A350-1000 aircraft.

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Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific serves destinations in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

15. Lufthansa

Lufthansa Airbus A380.

Lufthansa Airbus A380.

Lufthansa.


Lufthansa is the national airline of Germany and is one of the largest in Europe. The airline operates domestic and international routes in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, North America, Latin America and Africa. The airline recently announced the return of its beloved Airbus A380.

14. Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines

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The Chinese airline Hainan Airlines is based in Haikou and is one of the largest airlines in that country. Serves Asia, Europe and North America.

13. South China Airlines

ChinaSouthern Airways A380.


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China Southern Airlines is the country’s largest airline in terms of passenger volume, serving cities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and Australia.

12. Etihad Airlines

Etihad's first A350 flight to JFK.

Etihad’s first A350 flight to JFK.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is a national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with an extensive route network throughout the Middle East, as well as to Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and North America. The airline recently presented its new Airbus A350 called Sustainability 50.

11. British Airways

British Airways planes at Heathrow airport.

British Airways planes at Heathrow airport.

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Just shy of the Top 10 is British Airways, which operates domestic flights in the UK and international routes to Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.

10. Swiss International Airlines

SWITZERLAND A220-100.

SWITZERLAND A220-100.

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Swiss International Air Lines, also known as SWISS, is the national airline of Switzerland and is also part of the Lufthansa Group. The airline flies to Asia, North America and Africa.

9. korean air

Korean Air A380.


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Seoul-based Korean Air is the country’s flag carrier, and its cargo arm, Korean Air Cargo, is one of the world’s largest. The airline recently relaunched its Airbus A380 flights between Seoul and New York.

8. Air France

French air.


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France’s national airline, Air France, operates a network from its base in Paris to destinations in Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

7. Turkish Airlines

The Turkish Airlines plane is seen at the Barajas airport in Madrid on July 1, 2022.

The Turkish Airlines plane is seen at the Barajas airport in Madrid on July 1, 2022.

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Turkish Airlines is based in Istanbul and flies routes throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

6. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines.

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Tokyo-based Japan Airlines, also known as JAL, is one of the few airlines to invest in Boom Supersonic’s Overture aircraft and plans to further expand its overseas network.

5.Qantas Airways

Qantas Boeing 787-9.

Qantas Boeing 787-9.

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Completing the Top 5 of the best airlines is the Australian flag carrier Qantas, which flies to New Zealand, Europe, the Americas, Asia and South Africa. The airline is known for an outstanding safety record and an ambitious Project Sunrise flight that will take passengers more than 20 hours between Sydney and London and New York.

4. All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways

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Japan’s All Nippon Airways, known as ANA, is one of the country’s largest airlines and operates an extensive domestic and international network.

3. Emirates

An Emirates Airbus A380.

An Emirates Airbus A380.

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As the world’s largest Airbus A380 operator, Dubai-based Emirates is a national airline of the United Arab Emirates and flies an extensive network to dozens of cities in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the South Pacific , North America and South America.

2. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines A350-900.

Singapore Airlines A350-900.

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National carrier Singapore Airlines currently holds the title of the world’s longest flight, traveling 19 hours between New York-JFK and Singapore.

1.Qatar Airways

A Qatar Airways A350-900 aircraft taking off.

A Qatar Airways A350-900 aircraft taking off. The airline took top honors in the annual Skytrax awards.

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Doha-based Qatar Airways is the best airline in the world, according to survey data compiled by Skytrax. The airline has claimed the title in every consecutive survey since 2019. This year’s win is its seventh. With luxury products like the Q-Suite, Qatar continues to impress customers with its friendly cabin crew and reliable service.

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