Airlines are companies that provide air transport for both passengers and cargo, they can vary in size and in terms of services. Some provide only domestic flights while others provide domestic as well as international flights.
Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft or DELAG was the first ever commercial airline of the world and had airships made by the Zeppelin Corporation in 1909 in Frankfurt, Germany. But Airlines have come extremely far from those times and so have the aircraft’s.
In these modern times air travel has become a necessity of life and consumers have a lot of options to select from. Here is the list of the best airlines of 2016 in the world to help you find out which one suits you better.
The Deutsche Lufthansa AG was founded on January 6, 1953 and is commonly known as Lufthansa, it is the largest airlines company in Germany. Lufthansa is also the largest airline in Europe when combines with all the subsidiaries that it has, it has a larger fleet and it carries more passengers. The world’s largest airline alliance, the Star Alliance was also founded by Lufthansa with four other members in 1997.
Lufthansa has currently an active fleet of 268 aircrafts, 236 of these aircrafts are from Airbus including 14 Airbus A380s and there are only 32 aircrafts from Boeing. Lufthansa operates across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa, it has 18 domestic and 197 international destinations.
9. Qantas Airways
Founded in 1920, the Qantas Airways is the third oldest airline in the world, it started its international flights in 1935 and is nicknamed “The Kangaroo Airline”. Qantas Airways is the largest airline in Australia and is also a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance.
Qantas offers flights to 20 domestic and 21 international destinations across 14 countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas. Qantas has a fleet of 118 aircrafts, it operates from three main hubs in Brisbane Airport, Melbourne Airport and Sydney Airport.
8. EVA Air
EVA Air is the second largest airline of Taiwan, a 5-star airline with a fully international route network, this airline provides passenger and cargo service in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America across over 40 destinations. The headquarter of the company is situated in Luzhu, Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
The EVA Air has a fleet of 70 aircrafts consisting of Boeing 747, Airbus A330, Airbus A321 and Boeing 777 airliners. The EVA Air Cargo is the cargo arm of the airline and is linked with the Evergreen worldwide shipping network.
7. Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier Airline of Turkey and it was founded on May 20, 1933, the headquarter of the Turkish airlines is based in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. As of 2014 it is the fourth largest carrier in the world providing flights across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. It offers more flights from a single point than any other point in entire Europe.
Turkish Airlines provides flights to 290 destinations and its cargo service serves another 52 destinations. It has a fleet of 333 aircrafts with orders of 181 more aircrafts. The Turkish Airlines is also part of the Star Alliance and it has secondary hubs at Adnan Menderes airport, Sabiha Gokcen International airport and Esenboga international airport.
6. Etihad Airways
Another flag carrier airline, Etihad Airways is the second largest airline in United Arab Emirates, the headquarter of Etihad Airways is based near the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi. The airline was founded in July 2003 and it became operational in November 2003.
Etihad Airways offers passenger and cargo flights across Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas to over 120 destinations and it has a fleet of 125 aircrafts. Etihad Airways has created its own airline alliance n 2015 known as the Etihad Airways Partners.
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
The All Nippon Airways or ANA for short is the largest airlines of Japan and its headquarter is located in Tokyo in the Shiodome City Centre. As of March 2016 there were 20,000 employees working for ANA and it was named a 5-star airline by Skytrax on March 29, 2013.
The All Nippon Airways has a large fleet of 207 aircrafts and it has given orders for 120 more aircrafts. The ANA has also won the award for the best Airline Staff in Asia and best Airport Services in 2015.
4. Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific is another flag carrier airline this time from Hong Kong, it offers passenger and cargo services to over 52 countries worldwide at 200 different destinations. Cathay Pacific was founded on September 24, 1946 and it has the distinction of making the first ever non-stop flight over the North Pole.
The Cathay Pacific airlines has won the award for the best airline in 2014 by Skytrax and it also has the record of winning the ‘World’s Best Airline’ four times. The Cathay Pacific has a fleet of 123 aircrafts from Boeing and Airbus and there are orders for 82 more aircrafts.
3. Singapore Airlines
The Singapore Airlines was founded on May 1, 1947 and it is the flag carrier airline of Singapore, it has numerous subsidiaries and almost 27 joint ventures including Rolls-Royce and Boeing. It has also the distinction of being the launch customer for the world’s largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380.
It offers flights to over 32 countries and 62 destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas from its main headquarters at Singapore. The total number of aircrafts in Singapore Airline’s fleet is 107 and there are orders for 96 additional aircrafts.
2. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is known in Arabic as Al Qatariah and it is owned by the state of Qatar and is its flag carrier airline. The headquarter of Qatar Airlines is in Doha from where it offers flights all across Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Americas and Oceania.
There are over 180 aircrafts in its fleet, and Qatar Airways groups has currently employed more than 40,000 people. Qatar Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance and its headquarter is based at the Hamad International Airport.
The best airline of 2016 in the world is Emirates, it was founded on March 25, 1985 and its main hub is at the Dubai International Airport. Emirates has multiple subsidiaries including the Arabian Adventures, Emirates Holidays and Emirate Tours. This airline is one of the few airlines in the world whose fleet consists of all-wide body aircrafts.
Emirate operates more than 3,000 flights per week across 70 countries and more than 140 destinations, it operates across Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Emirates has a fleet of 238 aircrafts and has ordered for 223 additional aircrafts.