Skytrax, a travel consultancy that touts itself as the "world's largest review site", announced Emirates as the world's best airline on Monday in the work of the Paris Air Show. Emirates dethroned two-time champion Qatar Airways, which fell to second place for the first time since 2011. The awards are widely regarded as a benchmark for excellence in the airline industry, according to Emirates' president Tim Clark.
"To be voted 'World's Best Airline' by millions of discerning travellers is something for our 60,000 strong workforce to be proud of," Clark said.
Emirates also brought home awards for the best airline in the Middle East and for best in-flight entertainment. Rankings are determined by over 18.2 million passengers from across 150 countries and are not a reflection of what SkyTrax thinks but more of a barometer of global travellers, said Edward Plaisted who heads the agency's awards.