Emirates and Qatar in top 10

Emirates and Qatar Airways are both in the top 10 of SkyTrax’s Airline of the Year survey. The poll, which had nearly 11 million votes, placed EK 2nd with Qatar up 17 places in 7th.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 13, 2004

Emirates and Qatar Airways have both made it into the top 10 of SkyTrax’s Airline of the Year survey. The poll, which garnered nearly 11 million responses spread across 90 nationalities, placed Emirates in second spot, with Qatar in 7th, a huge leap from 24th place last year. According to SkyTrax, the 10 month-long survey saw close competition for the worldwide number 1 spot between three carriers: Singapore Arilines (the eventual winners), Emirates and Cathay Pacific. “The winner's spot changed several times - with Emirates top throughout December and January - Cathay Pacific heading up the table in September, October and February - and Singapore Airlines always challenging for supremacy before taking the overall survey lead in March 2004,” SkyTrax says on its web site. The full top ten for best airline worldwide was as follows: 1 Singapore Airlines 2 Emirates 3 Cathay Pacific 4 Qantas Airways 5 Thai Airways 6 British Airways 7 Qatar Airways 8 Malaysia Airlines 9 Continental Airlines 10 ANA All Nippon Airways Emirates did have some consolation by picking up the best economy class offering worldwide award. Within the region, Emirates and Qatar were, of course, first and second, with Gulf Air taking third place. In the Airport catagoury, which attracted 4.8 million votes, Dubai International was placed sixth in the world and first in the Middle East. Beirut was second within the region, with Bahrain Internation in third spot. The full top ten for best airport worldwide was as follows: 1 Hong Kong International Airport 2 Singapore Changi Airport 3 Amsterdam Schiphol 4 Seoul Incheon Airport 5 Kuala Lumpur KLIA 6 Dubai International Airport 7 Copenhagen Airport 8 Sydney Airport 9 Kansai International Airport 10 Munich Airport

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