By DebbieH 09 Apr 2019 7 min read

Top 10 revealed for 2019 Best Airlines List has revealed its highly anticipated annual list of the best airlines for 2019, and Singapore Airlines has come out on top.

Each year seven editors come together from the aviation safety and product rating site, which is based out of Perth, Australia, to determine the winners on account of several different factors, including operational safety, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, fleet age, product offerings e.g. premium economy on long-haul flights and seating options in other classes.

This year, it was Singapore Airlines who took the top spot from last year’s winner, Air New Zealand, who were ranked second for 2019.

According to Forbes, Singapore Airlines is in the midst of a dramatic fleet revitalization, introducing Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s and new long-haul routes such as Singapore to Newark and Los Angeles, both of which happened over the last month. The airline is also preparing for a delivery of its order of new Airbus A380s, of which passengers will find its latest business-class seats and its new first-class suites. So plenty of exciting developments in store for this airline!

Here is the full list of the top 10. We would also like to give a special mention to our customers Virgin Australia, who placed 4th, and Cathay Pacific, who placed 9th out of the top 10. We would also like to congratulate Delta, who won Best Long-Haul Airline for their region, and Westjet, Best Low-Cost Airline (Americas).

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Qantas
  4. Qatar Airways
  5. Virgin Australia
  6. Emirates
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. EVA Air
  9. Cathay Pacific
  10. Japan Airlines


New entrants to this year’s list include Dubai-based Emirates and EVA Air from Taiwan. Airlines that appeared on last year’s list, but didn’t make it to the top 10 this year include Virgin Atlantic, Etihad and Korean Air.

Airline also listed winners for other categories, which included:


Best First Class: Singapore Airlines

Best Business Class: Qatar Airways

Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand

Best Economy: Korean Air

Best Cabin Crew: Virgin Australia

Best Catering: Qatar Airways

Best Lounges: Qantas Airways

Best In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates

Regional Airline of the Year: QantasLink

Most Improved Airline: Phillipine Airlines

Best Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier: Vietjet

Best Long-Haul Airline: Broken down by region: Emirates (Middle East), EVA Air (Asia-Pacific), Lufthansa (Europe), Delta (Americas)

Best Low-Cost Airline: Westjet (Americas), AirAsia/Airasia X (Asia-Pacific) and Wizz (Europe)