Top 10 Best Airlines Of 2018

As the year ends and we turn a new calendar page, all aviation enthusiasts and travelers ask themselves: Which airline is on top of the Best Airlines of 2018 list?

And we have the answer to that! So, make yourself comfortable, grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s find out which airline was the best in 2018.

10. Thai Airways

Starting off the list of Best Airlines Of 2018 is Thai Airways. The national flag carrier of Thailand slowly but surely advanced towards the Top 10 list. In 2015 it placed 19th, in 2016 the airline improved to 13th. In 2017 Thai Airways almost cracked the top 10, but unfortunately, it did not make it – the carrier placed 11th.

Finally, in 2018, it managed to claim its place in the top 10! Their hard work eventually had to pay off. The airline is currently undergoing changes, namely upgrading its fleet and reorganizing its network, Thai Airways is set up to climb even higher in 2019.

Thai Airways Airbus A380 Thai Airways Airbus A380

9. Garuda Indonesia

Second on the Best Airlines Of 2018 list is Garuda Indonesia. As the name suggests, the Indonesian airline has always fluctuated around the top 10 list. Last year Garuda Indonesia was 10th, while in 2016 the airline fell out of the top 10 list. Nevertheless, the airline has shown consistently that it is one of the best carriers in the world.

The national flag carrier of Indonesia has also received the award of having the best Cabin Crew for 4 years in a row now. Garuda Indonesia is widely recognized as one of the best options to choose when traveling in the South East Asia region and this is why we put it on the list!

Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia

8. Hainan Airlines

One of the major airlines of China, Hainan has shown a consistently excellent customer experience throughout the years. That is why the airline has firmly cemented its place in the list for a few years now.

Surprisingly, Hainan Airlines did not even make the Top 10 in 2015 – it ranked 22nd! What a way to improve over 3 years. The airline has this tendency to improve rather quickly, as the airline is the largest civilian-run airline in China. Also, Hainan Airlines is number 4 in terms of the largest airlines in China.

Additionally, Hainan Airlines is also one of 11 carriers in the world, that Skytrax has rated as a 5-star airline.

Hainan Airlines placed 8th Hainan Airlines placed 8th

7. Lufthansa

One of the oldest airlines on the list of Best Airlines of 2018, the German airline established its roots in 1926. At the time, the airline was called Deutsche Luft Hansa. Anyhow, over the past few years, it improved its exceptionally good customer experience record and that is why Lufthansa is 7th.

As is Hainan Airlines, Skytrax rated Lufthansa as a 5-star airline. It was the first European airline to join the elite club. Lufthansa became a 5 star rated airline in late 2017. To celebrate it, the airline event painted 2 aircraft, an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 747 in a 5starhansa livery.

Which is very cheeky, to say the least.

5starhansa livery on a Lufthansa Boeing 747 5starhansa livery on a Lufthansa Boeing 747

6. Cathay Pacific

At number 6 is Cathay Pacific – the flag carrier of Hong Kong. One of the few airlines in the world to operate an all wide-body aircraft fleet, the Hong Kongese airline is also a 5-star airline.

Regarding its ranking, the airline isn’t a new face here. It won the award of being the best airline in the world in 2003, 2005, 2009 and finally in 2014. Unfortunately, since then it has not been on the top step of the Top 10 Best Airlines list. In 2017, the airline placed 5th.