The world's best airline for 2012 is ...

The world's best airline for 2012 is ...

Asian and Middle Eastern airlines take most of the honors at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. But who came out on top?
Once again, Qatar flies higher than the others.

Qatar Airways has flown away with the title of World’s Best Airline for the second consecutive year.

It took the Airline of the Year prize in Skytrax’s annual World Airline Awards, announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines and Singapore Airlines followed in second and third place.

Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways fell out of the top 10 -- spots they won last year -- while ANA All Nippon Airways and Malaysia Airlines made their top 10 debuts.

The top 10 was dominated by airlines from Asia and the Middle East.

Skytrax collected opinions from 18 million international fliers between July 2011 and June 2012 on different aspects of airline passenger experience -- from check-in to in-flight entertainment.

Etihad Airways won Best First Class Airline, taking home the Best First Class Catering and Best First Class Seat awards too.

Cathay Pacific has the Best Business Class while Singapore Airlines won the Best Economy Class award, and also the Best Economy Class Catering award.

The Best Airline Signature Dish and Best Cabin Staff went to Malaysia Airlines. The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier serves delicious satay chicken and beef sticks onboard.

The 2012 World Airline Awards

Airline of the year:

1. Qatar Airways

2. Asiana Airlines

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Cathay Pacific Airways

5. ANA All Nippon Airways

6. Etihad Airways

7. Turkish Airlines

8. Emirates

9. Thai Airways

10. Malaysia Airlines

Top 11-100 can be found here.


Best first class airline:

1. Etihad Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

The full list is here.


Best business class airline:

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Qatar Airways

3. Oman Air

The full list is here.


Best economy class airline:

1. Singapore Airlines

2. Qatar Airways

3. Asiana Airlines

The full list is here.


Best cabin staff:

1. Malaysia Airlines

2. Asiana Airlines

3. EVA Air

The full list is here.


Best seats:

First class: Etihad Airways

Business class: Oman Air

Premium economy: Turkish Airlines

Economy class: Asiana Airlines


Best catering:

First class: Etihad Airways

Business class: SWISS International Air Lines

Premium economy: Qantas Airways

Economy class: Singapore Airlines

Signature dish: Malaysia Airlines


Best inflight entertainment: Emirates

Best regional airlines: Garuda Indonesia

Best low-cost airlines: AirAsia

Most improved airlines: China Eastern Airlines

Find the rest of the results here.

Hiufu Wong is CNN Travel's staff writer.

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