Users of the online travel site TripAdvisor have voted Emirates airline their favourite carrier on a top 10 list that’s dominated by Asian airlines.
In the 2017 edition of their Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines, Emirates received high marks as the best overall carrier in the world, taking the title of both Best First Class experience and Best Economy Class.
The ranking is determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers around the world, over a 12-month period.
After Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Brazil’s Azul airline, JetBlue and Air New Zealand round out the top five spots on the list.
The top-ranked major airline for North America is Delta Air Lines.
In total, 50 airlines received nods in continental, regional and service categories.
“The airline industry is investing billions of dollars in new aircraft and service enhancements to differentiate the flying experience and these awards recognize the carriers offering the very best experiences and value to the travelling public,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights in a statement.
The most recent development to come out of Emirates is their A380 Onboard Lounge, pitched as a flying yacht for First and Business Class passengers.
Inspired by luxury yacht cabins, the lounge features increased seating from its previous iteration, a luxe champagne colour palette, glossy dark wood trim and a 55-inch LCD screen that will show live news and sports broadcasts.
Emirates is no stranger to awards and accolades, having been crowned the world’s best airline at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Here are the top 10 airlines in the world, according to TripAdvisor:
1. Emirates, United Arab Emirates
2. Singapore Airlines, Singapore
3. Azul, Brazil
4. JetBlue, United States
5. Air New Zealand, New Zealand
6. Korean Air, South Korea
7. Japan Airlines, Japan
8. Thai Smile, Thailand
9. Alaska Airlines, United States
10. Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia
Best First Class: Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Best Business Class: Aeroflot, Russia
Best Premium Economy Class in the World: Air New Zealand, New Zealand
Best Economy Class in the World: Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Top European airline: Aeroflot, Russia
Top Major Airline in North America: Delta Air Lines, USA
Top Mid-Size & Low-Cost Airlines in North America:
1. JetBlue, United States
2. Alaska Airlines, United States
3. Southwest, United States
4. Virgin America, United States
5. Westjet, Canada