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  • Jasmine Johnson

World's best airline for 2017 named in annual Skytrax World Airline Awards

The World Airline Awards by Skytrax dubbed the 'Oscars of the aviation industry' has named Qatar Airways the world's best airline for 2017 in Paris this week. The airline took the title from fellow Middle-Eastern carrier Emirates, who dropped from first to fourth place this year.

Qantas, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 10 for the third time in the awards' history, down to 15th place - it's lowest ranking ever - and dropping behind Virgin Australia (13th) for the first time. The airline ranked 9th in 2016. Qantas peaked in the rankings in 2008, when it was named the world's third-best carrier.

Qantas did not come away empty handed though, receiving the awards for Best Premium Economy Class and for Best Premium Economy Seat. Virgin Australia won awards in the Australia-Pacific region for Best Airline and Best Airline staff.

As usual, Asian and Middle Eastern airlines dominated the top 10. Singapore Airlines moved up one slot to second place, followed by Japan's ANA, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Taiwan's EVA Air, Lufthansa, Etihad, China's Hainan and Indonesia's Garuda. See below for the full rankings.

Qatar Airways took out the top position for Airline of the Year for the fourth time, having previously won in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Earlier this year Qatar unveiled its new QSuite business class seats, the first seats in business class that can be converted into a double bed for two passengers. (Take a look at the video above).

The World Airline Awards by consultancy Skytrax survey millions of passengers each year to come up with the rankings. Skytrax says the awards are the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey and the process is transparent and independent.

The World's Top 20 Airlines 2017 (overall)

  1. Qatar Airways

  2. Singapore Airlines

  3. ANA All Nippon Airways

  4. Emirates

  5. Cathay Pacific

  6. EVA Air

  7. Lufthansa

  8. Etihad Airways

  9. Hainan Airlines

  10. Garuda Indonesia

  11. Thai Airways

  12. Turkish Airlines

  13. Virgin Australia

  14. Swiss Int'l Air Lines

  15. Qantas Airways

  16. Japan Airlines

  17. Austrian

  18. Air France

  19. Air New Zealand

  20. Asiana Airlines

Premium Category Winners:

World's Best Premium Economy Class

  1. Qantas Airways

  2. Air New Zealand

  3. Lufthansa

  4. Singapore Airlines

  5. Air France

  6. Japan Airlines

  7. Virgin Australia

  8. China Airlines

  9. Aeroflot Russian Airlines

  10. ANA All Nippon Airways

World's Best Business Class

  1. Qatar Airways

  2. ANA All Nippon Airways

  3. Singapore Airlines

  4. Etihad Airways

  5. Lufthansa

  6. Turkish Airlines

  7. Garuda Indonesia

  8. Cathay Pacific

  9. Emirates

  10. EVA Air

World's Best First Class

  1. Etihad Airways

  2. Emirates

  3. Lufthansa

  4. Air France

  5. Singapore Airlines

  6. ANA All Nippon Airways

  7. Cathay Pacific

  8. Qatar Airways

  9. Japan Airlines

  10. Qantas Airways

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