World’s Top Ten Airlines FOR 2017 has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2017.

Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.

To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.

Book your cheap flights with the world's best airlines developed its unique seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and the system is now endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The editors of, some of the most experienced and awarded, look for a consistent level of service, innovation and staff engagement from each major contender.

According to Editor-in-Chief “we are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.” 

“In our evaluation we will also consider the considerable audited website feedback from passengers on our website.”

Mr Thomas noted a big mover this year was Australia’s Qantas which jumped up to 2nd spot from 4th while Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic went from 7th up to 5th. 

Qantas produced a stunning financial turnaround in 2016 and will take delivery of its first Boeing 787s in 2017. Its customer approval rating is at an all-time high and it continues to innovate with lie-flat beds on all its A330s that operate domestic and regional international flights.

Singapore Airlines which took 3rd position is always at the forefront of airline awards and introduced its new premium economy, revamped business class and the new A350 over the last 12 months.  

Cathay Pacific Airways held number 4 spot and is always in the winner’s circle. It has won numerous awards from including Best Business Class in 2013 and 2015 and Best Asia/Pacific Airline for 2016.

Moving into 5th spot are two of the Virgin Group airlines – Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. Both in their own markets have been taking giant strides. Virgin Australia has introduced its new business class and has completed its makeover from a low-cost carrier to a new world airline while Virgin Atlantic has introduced 787s and ordered A350s.

In 6th position British Airways continues the introduction of 787s and A380s while rolling out cabin enhancements.

Taking 7th position Etihad Airways continues its leading role in global aviation with the world’s best First Class while launching new aircraft such as the 777X. It is also proceeding with its aggressive fleet roll out with 10 787s in service and 65 on order. The airline also has 65 A350s on order.    

In 8th position All Nippon Airways continues its dominance of Japanese aviation. It is the leading operators of the Boeing 787 and a launch customer for the 777X. The airline is at the forefront of cabin innovation.

Taking out 9th spot EVA Air has always been the leader in Taiwanese aviation and has been a leader in introducing cabin innovation such as premium economy in 1992.

At number 10 Germany’s Lufthansa is a byword for operational excellence and professionalism and one of the world’s most respected airlines. 

‘’Whether number 1 or number 10 these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” said Mr Thomas. “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.” 


This Award listing shows the Best Airlines in 2016 by world region, taken from their final global ratings
The Best Airlines in North America
1 Virgin America
2 Air Canada
3 Delta Air Lines
4 Porter Airlines
5 WestJet
6 jetBlue Airways
7 Alaska Airlines
8 Southwest Airlines
9 United Airlines
10 Hawaiian Airlines 
The Best Airlines in C America/Caribbean
1 Copa Airlines
2 Caribbean Airlines
3 Air Caraibes
5 Bahamasair
6 Veca Airlines
7 interCaribbean
8 Cayman Airways
9 Cubana
10 Insel Air

The Best Airlines in Europe
1 Turkish Airlines
2 Lufthansa
3 Air France
4 Swiss Int'l Air Lines
5 Austrian
7 British Airways
8 Finnair
9 Virgin Atlantic
10 Norwegian
The Best Airlines in the Middle East
1 Emirates
2 Qatar Airways
3 Etihad Airways
4 Oman Air
5 Gulf Air
6 Saudi Arabian Airlines
7 Royal Jordanian
8 flyDubai
9 Middle East Airlines
10 Air Arabia






The Best Airlines in China
1 Hainan Airlines
2 China Southern
3 China Eastern
4 Air China
5 Juneyao Airlines
6 Tianjin Airlines
7 Shenzhen Airlines
8 Xiamen Airlines
9 Spring Airlines
10 Sichuan Airlines
The Best Airlines in C Asia / India
1 Air Astana
2 Indigo
3 SriLankan Airlines
4 Azerbaijan Airlines
5 Jet Airways
6 SpiceJet 
7 Air India
8 Uzbekistan Airways
9 Vistara
10 GoAir
The Best Airlines in Southern Europe
1 Turkish Airlines
2 Aegean Airlines
3 Iberia
4 Alitalia
5 Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional)
6 Air Malta
7 Vueling Airlines
8 SunExpress
9 Pegasus Airlines
10 Air Europa
The Best Airlines in Northern Europe
1 Finnair
2 Norwegian
3 SAS Scandinavian
4 Icelandair
5 airBaltic
6 WOW Air
8 TUIfly Nordic
9 Corsair International








The Best Airlines in Western Europe
1 Lufthansa
2 Air France
3 Swiss Int'l Air Lines
4 Austrian
6 British Airways
7 Virgin Atlantic
8 easyJet
9 Aer Lingus
10 Brussels Airlines
The Best Airlines in Eastern Europe
1 Aeroflot Russian Airlines
2 LOT Polish
3 S7 Airlines
4 Croatia Airlines
5 CSA Czech Airlines
6 Wizz Air
7 Air Serbia
8 Adria Airways
9 Tarom
10 Pobeda







The Best Airlines in Asia
1 Singapore Airlines
2 Cathay Pacific
3 ANA All Nippon Airways
4 EVA Air
5 Garuda Indonesia
6 Hainan Airlines
7 Thai Airways
8 Asiana Airlines 
9 Bangkok Airways
10 Japan Airlines

The Best Airlines in Africa
1 South African Airways
2 Air Seychelles
3 Air Mauritius
4 Ethiopian Airlines
5 Kenya Airways
6 TAAG Angola Airlines
7 Kulula
8 Mango 
9 Royal Air Maroc
10 Air Austral
The Best Airlines in China
1 Hainan Airlines
2 China Southern
3 China Eastern
4 Air China
5 Juneyao Airlines
6 Tianjin Airlines
7 Shenzhen Airlines
8 Xiamen Airlines
9 Spring Airlines
10 Sichuan Airlines

The Best Airlines in C Asia / India
1 Air Astana
2 Indigo
3 SriLankan Airlines
4 Azerbaijan Airlines
5 Jet Airways
6 SpiceJet 
7 Air India
8 Uzbekistan Airways
9 Vistara
10 GoAir
The Best Airlines in South America
1 LAN Airlines
2 Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
3 Avianca
4 TAM Airlines
5 Sky Airline
6 Aerolineas Argentinas
7 Easyfly
8 Gol
9 Austral Líneas Aéreas
10 VivaColombia

The Best Airlines in Australia/Pacific
1 Qantas Airways
2 Air New Zealand
3 Virgin Australia
4 Jetstar Airways
5 Fiji Airways
6 Tiger Airways (Australia)
7 Air Tahiti Nui
8 AirCalin
9 Air Vanuatu
10 Solomon Airlines

The Best Airlines in China
1 Hainan Airlines
2 China Southern
3 China Eastern
4 Air China
5 Juneyao Airlines
6 Tianjin Airlines
7 Shenzhen Airlines
8 Xiamen Airlines
9 Spring Airlines
10 Sichuan Airlines
The Best Airlines in C Asia / India
1 Air Astana
2 Indigo
3 SriLankan Airlines
4 Azerbaijan Airlines
5 Jet Airways
6 SpiceJet 
7 Air India
8 Uzbekistan Airways
9 Vistara
10 GoAir
The World Airline Awards

Skytrax World Airline Awards are coveted Quality accolades for the world airline industry. Travellers from across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners. The World Airline Awards are a global benchmark of airline excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice awards.

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American Airlines
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Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines
Northwest Airlines
United Airlines


Air Canada
Air Transat

Air France
Alitalia Airlines
British Airways
Iceland Air
KLM Royal Dutch
SN Brussels
Virgin Atlantic

Air Namibia
Air Mauritius
Air Tanzania
Air Zimbabwe
Cameroon Airlines
Ethiopian Airways
Ghana Airways
Kenya Airways
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
Zambian Airways

Middle East:
El Al
Gulf Air
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian

Asia/ South Pacific:
Air China
Air India
Japan Air
Air New Zealand
Air Pacific
Air Tahiti Nui
Cathay Pacific
China Southern
Korean Airlines
Malaysian Airlines
Oasis Airlines
Philippine Airlines
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The World's Major Airlines and Aircraft Companies
Reviews by Jerry W. Bird, Editor and Publisher

Who flies where and when? From my early experience with bush pilots in the far Yukon to service in the Royal Canadian Airforce and my more recent work with Transport Canada and our airport network, flying has always been in my blood. Little wonder I can hardly wait for our next long haul to Africa.

With our biggest aviation edition well underway, serendipity played its familiar role in my life when I received THE WORLD'S MAJOR AIRLINES by David Wragg. It arrived by mail last week courtesy of the MBI Publishing, St. Paul, MN and was presented by John Wurm, Publicist for Military and Aviation. I plan to write this book review in installments, since my first reading was to get an overall position on how valuable this timely and well researched book will be in my evaluation of Africa's airlines and others serving the continent. Here are some comments from MBI that help set the stage. "Today there are so many airlines operating throughout the world that even the most knowledgeable enthusiast can soon become confused about which airline flies from where to where. This new, fully illustrated edition has been revised and updated to include the major advances in the aviation industry since 1998. The author has added introductions for each nation, summarizing its history of civil aviation and placing the subsequent entries in context. In the World's Major Airlines David Wragg provides more than 500 entries. Listed in alphabetical order by country is every airline in the world which has more than five aircraft with more than 19 seats,or equivalent cargo capacity. Comprehensive information is given on the name, history, bases, aircraft operated, routes flown, number of passengers and tonnage of cargo flown annually, and much other useful and interesting data. The World's Major Airlines is an invaluable source of reference for aviation enthusiasts, travelers and those working within the industry." More to come.

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Corpac announces premium airline service
Corpac Canada Ltd. of Calgary, introduces Corporate Jet Air, the brand name of their new premium business class airline service between Calgary and Toronto. Corpac Canada Ltd. has over 30 years of history in aviation. Corporate Express, another brand in the Corpac family flies between Calgary and Fort McMurray

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High Speed Networks Integrated with Airports
High speed trains refer to passenger rail systems running at operational speed between 200 and 300 km/h. They have been developed in Japan, France, Germany, Spain and South Korea. Another high speed system in Taiwan, linking Taipei to Kaohsiung, is scheduled to be completed in 2006. The high speed train passenger system era truly originates from Japan. More->

"Aerial Highway" Critical for poor countries
From Airline Industry. Without a rational "Aerial Highways" system lifting tourists in and flying goods and services out to global markets, the world's poorer countries will be "sentenced to abject poverty," said the head of a development agency. Speaking this week to European aviation chiefs assembled in Oslo, Lelei LeLaulu, president of Counterpart International, observed terrestrial highways, roads and bridges are recognised as essential components of infrastructure responsible for turning new frontiers into thriving communities as goods and commodities were transported to markets. More->

Wing Aviation Expands Charter Fleet

Fly Air Transat from Canada to 90 destinations in 25 countries
As editors of Air Highways and Africa Travel magazine with a varied agenda of events, we have flown Air Transat from Vancouver to London on our regular to various destinations in Africa and have been pleased with the service, price, reliability and convenience of their flights. Air Transat specializes in charter flights from several Canadian and European cities to vacation destinations, mainly in the south during the winter months and in Europe and Canada during the summer.

Etihad Airways flights to Dublin

Alaska Airlines Boeing 'Combi' Alaska Airlines introduced two Boeing 737-400 "combi" aircraft to its fleet to improve passenger and cargo service in the state of Alaska. The larger airplanes -- converted to transport passengers in the back and main-deck cargo in the front -- have more cargo capacity, more-advanced flight-guidance capabilities and more-comfortable passenger cabins than the 737-200 combis they replace.

Emirates and Boeing Make News

United Aviation: New executive charter announced for Toronto's Pearson Airport

Profiles of International Air Carriers: See Sidebar. Airlines and airports are invited to provide news releases, route maps, security and background information:

From Northern Skies to Southern Shores and Desert
Having enjoyed a lifelong fascination with the vast and rugged North Country and the Alaska-Yukon area in particular, the story of Aaska Airlines is particularly intriguing. It is as romantic as any profile of energy, initiative and the rewards of following one's dream. As it affects the lives of those who lived in Northwestern Canada and the USA, the modern age of exploration started with the famous bush pilots, who pioneered the Air Highways, carrying every type of cargo imaginable, often performing daring deeds of rescue. Several of this illustrious group started their own airlines and became living legends. Watch this space for our version of the Alaska Airlines Story, plus constant updates on its current services along with news about its sister company, Horizon Airlines. You can get the full story, including some excellent destination profiles on the following web site:


Lufthansa First Class Terminal Opens Up New Dimension and Exclusive Services
Lufthansa will offer its First Class passengers a new dimension in travel as of December 1, 2004. The exclusive service starts on the ground in Frankfurt, in the newly-built First Class terminal or in the new First Class lounges. In the premium travel segment, Lufthansa is setting new international standards. Concierge services, l imousine-transfer direct to the aircraft, an exclusive ambience with gourmet catering and personal attention for guests from arrival at the airport right through to take-off are the special features of the service.

Virgin Atlantic London to Toronto
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced that the airline will launch nonstop scheduled services between London and Toronto from the summer of 2001. Speaking in Toronto, the Chairman said: "It's long been my ambition to fly to Toronto, and I am thrilled to be able to announce our plans to launch a daily service between London, Gatwick and Toronto from next summer. "London-Toronto is a hugely popular route and completes Virgin's presence on all top ten longhaul routes out of London. We estimate that the Virgin Atlantic service will provide an annual economic benefit to Toronto to of more than $200 million Canadian in increased jobs, trade and tourism. ! look forward to announcing some competitive fares in the New Year, but the biggest difference passengers on this route will notice is the superior quality of our product. All our passengers will enjoy their own seat back TV screen, with a choice of up to 41 channels of films, drama, sports and games. The business passenger will enjoy a range of innovations, including complimentary limousines at both ends of each journey, stand up bars in the Upper Class cabin and in-flight manicures and massages."


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North America's premiere Aviation Council (INAC) adopted the above theme at the 61st Annual Convention of the British Columbia Aviation Council. INAC offers a forum for all aviation organizations and governments to present a united front on aviation issues affecting you. INAC works in close liaison with Provincial, State and Territorial Aviation organizations and councils.

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Originally formed under the name Northwest Aviation Planing Council, the organization grew to encompass committees and members working on every facet of aviation. By 1936, the Council had become a dedicated group to further aviation on every level. Membership spread to all of the Northwest States and then to Western Canada. President: Curtis Grad, Abbotsford Airport, (604) 855-1001, fax (604) 855-1066.

The Council was instrumental in gaining recognition and acceptance of State departments of aviation in the formation and growth of the CAA (FAA). It encouraged the birth of the British Columbia Aviation Council and the Alberta Aviation Council. The fine work carried out by these groups can, to some extent, be considered a result of the pioneer International Council- INAC. To foster and promote the development of civil aviation in Canada and the United States. • To encourage the development of airports, improve navigational aids and safety installation within the Provinces, States and Territories.

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