Thai Airways International has been named the world’s best economy class airline for 2017 by Skytrax, in a sideline event to the Paris Air Show.

Besides the recognition to Thailand’s national carrier, another Thai airline – Bangkok Airways – received the award for “world’s best regional airline”.  Qatar Airways was named the world’s best airline for 2017, replacing its Middle East-based rival Emirates, which this year dropped down to fourth position. Singapore Airlines came in second, and ANA All Nippon Airways at third. Thai Airways was placed as the world’s eleventh best airline, moving up two notches from 13th in 2016. The awards were presented at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, marking the fourth time that Skytrax has held the ceremony at the world’s best-known aerospace event.  Skytrax is a UK-based consultancy that ranks and reviews airlines and airports on its website.  The latest survey was conducted between August 2016 and May 2017, attracting 19.87 million eligible entries with participants from 105 nations. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 Key Performance Indicators across front-line product and service factors in the airport and on-board environments.