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The 10 best airlines in the world

Emirates has been named the best airline in the world for 2016 by the leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax.
The Dubai-based airline was presented with the award on Tuesday at a ceremony during the 2016 Farnborough Airshow.
This is the fourth time Emirates has garnered this honor in the past 15 years, as well as its first win since 2013.
"We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious Skytrax awards," Emirates President Tim Clark said in a statement. "Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touchpoint, every day, all around the world.
"The fact that these awards are based on the direct feedback from passengers is gratifying and wonderful recognition for all of the hard work that's gone into creating the Emirates experience."
The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 19.2 million travelers from 104 different countries. The survey, which covered more than 280 airlines, measured 41 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service.
Here are the 10 best airlines in the world, according to the results of the Skytrax survey:

1. Emirates

1. Emirates
Previous rank: 5
Why it's awesome: Over the past 30 years, Dubai's Emirates has developed into one of the world's premier long-haul carriers. Operating almost exclusively through its palatial hub at Dubai International Airport, the carrier boasts the world's largest fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 777 wide-body jets.
Emirates' state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system includes a wide selection of video and music options on demand, and even allows for live television and sporting events on its "ice" entertainment system-equipped aircraft. In fact, Emirates has taken home Skytrax's award for Best In-Flight Entertainment 12 years running.

2. Qatar Airways

Previous rank: 1
Why it's awesome: Qatar fell back one place after capturing the coveted top spot last year.
The Doha-based airline received praise from reviewers for its seat comfort and in-flight entertainment. In fact, the airline also took home the prize for Best Business Class Seats. Economy class guests get to enjoy features like smartphone and tablet connectivity to their personal screens. The airline links over 125 destinations across the globe and is expanding its services from Qatar to 50 new destinations, including direct flights to Los Angeles, Miami, and Dallas.
In addition to a second-place finish, Qatar also took home the award for World's Best Business Class and Best Business Class Airline Lounge.

3. Singapore Airlines

Previous rank: 2
Why it's awesome: Singapore's standout service makes for a famously pleasant journey during which flight attendants are trained to treat customers with extreme care and respect. Personal TVs with plenty of entertainment options and hot towels served before take-off are just some of the economy perks.
The airline's home base at Changi International Airport is one of the finest facilities in the world and has been named by Skytrax as the Best Airport in the World four years in a row.
The airline also took home the awards for Best Airline in Asia and Best Business Class Airline Seat.

4. Cathay Pacific Airways

Previous rank: 3
Why it's awesome: Although Cathay Pacific, based in Hong Kong, fell back one spot from last year, the airline still managed to retain its place as the highest-ranked carrier from the Pacific rim. With a fleet of long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets and a business strategy centered on offering a high frequency of flights, Cathay is one of the finest flying experiences in Asia.
Skytrax reviewers gave the airline high marks for seat comfort, service quality, and in-flight entertainment.
Cathay Pacific also won World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness and Best First Class Airline Lounge.

5. All Nippon Airways

5. All Nippon Airways
Previous rank: 7
Why it's awesome: All Nippon Airways is the largest international carrier in Japan and home to one of the world's largest fleets of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. ANA drew high praise from Skytrax reviewers across the board, with near-perfect scores for cleanliness, service, and safety. Many of its planes feature slide-forward-style reclining seats that increase overall privacy, as well as power and USB outlets even in economy.
ANA also won World's Best Airport Services and Best Airline Staff Service in Asia.

6. Etihad Airways

6. Etihad Airways
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Previous rank: 6
Why it's awesome: Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, with its Airbus and Boeing fleet traveling to about 100 destinations. The airline has become famous for its trademark Residence flying apartments as well as its plush first-class and business-class suites.
For 2016, Etihad also won World's Best First Class, Best First Class Seat, Best First Class Onboard Catering.

7. Turkish Airlines

7. Turkish Airlines
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Previous rank: 4
Why it's awesome: Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey and has its main hub at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. The airline, with its ability to fly to over 100 countries and over 200 cities worldwide, hopes to turn its home base into a global transit hub.
The airline is a member of Star Alliance and has won the Skytrax award for Best Airline in Europe six years in a row.
In addition, Turkish Airlines also won awards for Best Airline in Southern Europe, Best Business Class Airline Catering, and Best Business Class Lounge Dining.

8. EVA Air

Previous rank: 9
Why it's awesome: Taiwan's EVA Air (pronounced ee-vee-ay) was founded in 1989 and is an offshoot of global container-shipping giant Evergreen Group. The Taipei-based carrier has grown immensely in the past two decades and now operates a large fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body jets. The airline is credited with pioneering the "premium economy" cabin.
EVA also took home the prize for the World's Best Transpacific Airline.

9. Qantas

Previous rank: 10
Why it's awesome: Despite suffering a series of severe financial setbacks in recent years, the quality of Qantas' service has remained solid. The airline received praise for its strong customer service and in-flight entertainment. And then there's Qantas' calling card — it has a fatality-free safety record in the jet era.

10. Lufthansa

10. Lufthansa
Previous rank: 12
Why it's awesome: Europe's largest airline has undergone significant budget cuts and labor issues in recent years, but its service and overall quality is still exceptional. In fact, Lufthansa comes close to the top of the list by receiving solid, if not spectacular, scores across the board.
For the most part, Lufthansa's long-haul service is good, but, for the best results, it would be wise to aim for the fleet's newer A380 superjumbos and 748-8 Intercontinentals.
In addition to a top-10 finish, the German national airline also took home the prize for Best Transatlantic Airline and Best Airline in Western Europe.

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