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Skytrax (originally known as Inflight Research Services) is a United Kingdom–based consultancy which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site.[1] Skytrax conducts research for commercial airlines, as well as taking surveys from international travelers to rate cabin staff, airports, airlines, airline lounges, in-flight entertainment, on-board catering, and several other elements of air travel.[2][3] Apart from these evaluations, Skytrax has an airline forum where passengers give potential passengers insights and opinions about an airline. The website also hosts flight reviews, flight checks, and satisfaction surveys. Skytrax holds an annual World Airline Awards[4] and World Airport Awards,[5] as well as the ranking for airlines and airports.

Reception and review[edit]

In 2012, the online investigations company KwikChex filed five complaints with the UK Advertising Standards Authority related to statements on the Skytrax web site describing the volume and reliability of their reviews as well as the official status and update frequency of their ratings. The Authority upheld all five complaints and Skytrax agreed to modify some promotional wording.[6][7]

Inflight Research Services sent some information to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology's Fifth Report regarding seat pitch in 2000.[8]

Awards[edit]

Skytrax presents awards annually to airports and airlines that it considers noteworthy in their performance.

Airline of the year[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2001[9] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2002[9] United Arab Emirates Emirates Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Singapore Singapore Airlines
2003[10] Hong Kong Cathay Pacific[11] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines
2004[11] Singapore Singapore Airlines United Arab Emirates Emirates Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2005[12] Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Australia Qantas United Arab Emirates Emirates
2006[9] United Kingdom British Airways Australia Qantas Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2007[13] Singapore Singapore Airlines Thailand Thai Airways Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2008[14] Singapore Singapore Airlines Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Australia Qantas
2009[15] Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Singapore Singapore Airlines South Korea Asiana Airlines
2010[16] South Korea Asiana Airlines Singapore Singapore Airlines Qatar Qatar Airways
2011[17] Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines South Korea Asiana Airlines
2012[18] Qatar Qatar Airways South Korea Asiana Airlines Singapore Singapore Airlines
2013[19] United Arab Emirates Emirates Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2014[20] Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2015[21] Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2016[22] United Arab Emirates Emirates Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2017[23] Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines Japan All Nippon Airways
2018[24] Singapore Singapore Airlines Qatar Qatar Airways Japan All Nippon Airways

Airport of the year[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1999 Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol[25] None None
2000 Singapore Singapore Changi Airport[25] None None
2001[26] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2002[27] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Australia Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport
2003[28] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport[25] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport
2004[29] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
2005[30] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport
2006[31] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport[25] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Germany Munich Airport
2007[32] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2008[33] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport
2009[34] South Korea Incheon International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2010[35] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2011[36] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport
2012[37] South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2013[38] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Netherlands Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
2014[39] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Germany Munich Airport
2015[40] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Germany Munich Airport
2016[41] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Germany Munich Airport
2017[42] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Japan Haneda International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport
2018[43] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Japan Haneda International Airport

Airline rankings[edit]

World's 5-Star Airlines[edit]

Sources:[44][45][46][47][48][49]

Airlines Alliance Years
Japan All Nippon Airways Star Alliance 2013–present
Australia Ansett Australia Star Alliance 2001–2002
South Korea Asiana Airlines Star Alliance 2007–present
United Kingdom British Airways Oneworld 2001
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Oneworld 2001–2002, 2004, 2006–present
United Arab Emirates Emirates none 2001
United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways none 2016–present
Taiwan EVA Air Star Alliance 2016–present
Indonesia Garuda Indonesia SkyTeam 2014–present
China Hainan Airlines none 2010–present
Japan Japan Airlines Oneworld 2018–present
India Kingfisher Airlines none 2008–2010
Germany Lufthansa Star Alliance 2017–present
Qatar Qatar Airways Oneworld 2006–present
Malaysia Malaysia Airlines Oneworld 2001, 2005–2013
Singapore Singapore Airlines Star Alliance 2001–2002, 2004, 2006–present

Airline with the Best Airport Services[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Japan All Nippon Airways South Korea Asiana Airlines South Korea Korean Air
2014[50] Japan All Nippon Airways Taiwan EVA Air Thailand Thai Airways
2015[50] Japan All Nippon Airways Taiwan EVA Air Indonesia Garuda Indonesia
2016[50] Japan All Nippon Airways Taiwan EVA Air Thailand Thai Airways
2017[50] Japan All Nippon Airways Taiwan EVA Air Thailand Thai Airways
2018[50] Taiwan EVA Air Japan All Nippon Airways Hong Kong Cathay Pacific

Best Inflight Entertainment[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines Hong Kong Cathay Pacific
2014[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines Turkey Turkish Airlines
2015[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2016[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines Qatar Qatar Airways
2017[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Qatar Qatar Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2018[50] United Arab Emirates Emirates Singapore Singapore Airlines Qatar Qatar Airways

Best Aircraft Cabin Cleanliness[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Japan All Nippon Airways South Korea Asiana Airlines South Korea Korean Air
2014[50] South Korea Asiana Airlines Japan All Nippon Airways Singapore Singapore Airlines
2015[50] Taiwan EVA Air Singapore Singapore Airlines Japan All Nippon Airways
2016[50] Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Taiwan EVA Air Japan All Nippon Airways
2017[50] Taiwan EVA Air Japan All Nippon Airways Japan Japan Airlines
2018[50] Japan All Nippon Airways Taiwan EVA Air South Korea Asiana Airlines

World's Best Regional Airlines (Short haul flight)[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) Greece Aegean Airlines Thailand Bangkok Airways
2014[50] Thailand Bangkok Airways Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) Greece Aegean Airlines
2015[50] Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) Thailand Bangkok Airways Greece Aegean Airlines
2016[50] Thailand Bangkok Airways Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) Hong Kong Hong Kong Airlines
2017[9] Thailand Bangkok Airways Hong Kong Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair)
2018[51] Thailand Bangkok Airways Hong Kong Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) United States Alaska Airlines

World's Best Airline Alliance[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Oneworld Star Alliance SkyTeam
2014[50] Oneworld Star Alliance SkyTeam
2015[50] Oneworld Star Alliance SkyTeam
2016[50] Star Alliance Oneworld SkyTeam
2017[52] Star Alliance Oneworld SkyTeam
2018[53] Star Alliance Oneworld SkyTeam

Airport rankings[edit]

World's best airport terminals[edit]

Rank (2017)[54] Airport Terminal Image
1 Germany Munich - T2 Munich Airport T2 L5 restaurants.jpg
2 United Kingdom London-Heathrow - T5 Heathrow t5 front facade inside.jpg
3 Singapore Singapore - T3 Changi airport T3.jpg
4 United Kingdom London-Heathrow - T2 Heathrow T2 central overview.jpg
5 Spain Madrid - T4 Madrid barajas t4.JPG
6 Japan Tokyo-Haneda - Int'l Tokyo International Airport Terminal 2.jpg
7 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle - T2-M Paris-cdg-terminal.jpg
8 United Arab Emirates Dubai-International - T3 Arrivals hall in DXB Terminal 3 (3344510514).jpg
9 India Mumbai - T2 Mumbai 03-2016 114 Airport international terminal interior.jpg
10 China Shanghai-Hongqiao - T2 201604 check-in area at SHA T2.JPG

World's 5-Star Airport[edit]

Source:[55]

World's best international airports by passenger numbers[edit]

50 million+ passengers[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2014[50] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
2015[50] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Japan Haneda International Airport
2016[50] Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Japan Haneda International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport

World's Best Transit Airports[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2014[50] South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Japan Narita International Airport
2015[50] South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2016[50] South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
2017[50] Japan Tokyo-Haneda South Korea Incheon International Airport Japan Chūbu Centrair International Airport
2018[50] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport

World's Cleanest Airports[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Japan Haneda International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2014[50] Japan Haneda International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2015[50] South Korea Incheon International Airport Japan Haneda International Airport Japan Chūbu Centrair International Airport
2016[50] Japan Haneda International Airport Japan Chūbu Centrair International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport

World's Best Airport Baggage Delivery[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013[50] Switzerland Zürich Airport China Beijing Capital International Airport Japan Haneda International Airport
2014[50] Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport South Korea Incheon International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2015[50] Japan Kansai International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
2016[50] Japan Kansai International Airport Japan Haneda International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport

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