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Top 10 International Airlines 2020

Aug 5, 2020

Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented due to COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic. We hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come—whenever they may be.

1. Singapore Airlines

Anyone surprised that Singapore Airlines has been voted best carrier on Earth for the 25th year running—read: all the years of WBA—hasn’t been paying close enough attention to the skies. Impeccable service and innovative offerings make taking both quick hops and the world’s longest flight (Singapore to Newark) more treat than chore. Couple that with the fact that SQ’s homebase is uber-efficient Changi, named the world’s top airport, with its lush, jungle-playground-mall Jewel there to make layovers great again, and you’re packed and ready, aren’t you?

Score: 90.84

*On the list for the past 10 years

This beloved carrier aces the flying experience every step of the way. The airline continues to innovate, prioritizing not only luxury and safety but also fliers’ wellness through its partnership with Canyon Ranch.

2. Qatar Airways

Score: 89.88

*On the list for the past 10 years

3. Emirates

Score: 87.43

*On the list for the past 10 years

4. Eva Air

Score: 85.67

5. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Score: 84.98

6. Air New Zealand

Score: 84.95

*On the list for the past 10 years


7. Japan Airlines (JAL)

Score: 84.56

8. La Compagnie

Score: 84.39

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

Score: 84.30

*On the list for the past 10 years

10. Virgin Atlantic Airways

Score: 84.28

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