For the fifth time, Qatar Airways has won the title of world's best airline in the Skytrax World Airlines Awards.

The carrier regained the top spot from Singapore Airlines after a one-year hiatus. Singapore dropped to second and Japan's All Nippon Airways held onto its third-place ranking.

Skytrax top 10

1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. All Nippon Airways
4. Cathay Pacific
5. Emirates
6. EVA Air 
7. Hainan Airlines
8. Qantas
9. Lufthansa
10. Thai Airways

JetBlue was the top-rated U.S. carrier, but was ranked just 40th worldwide. 

The Skytrax rankings, which are regarded as among the most credible in the airline industry, are based upon the results of an online survey that operated from September of last year to May of this year. The 21.65 million participants were from more than 100 countries and more than 300 airlines are featured in the survey results. 

Survey participants are queried on a broad range of subjects related to the airlines' cabin service, onboard product and airport services.

Qatar topped the Skytrax awards by offering a top-shelf product throughout its aircraft. The carrier won the Skytrax award for world's best business class. Its economy class was ranked third and its first class came in fifth.  

Singapore Airlines, long renowned for its service, won the award for best airline cabin crew and best first class. 

As usual, Asian carriers dominated the overall ranking, gathering nine of the top 10 spots. The only interloper was Lufthansa, which finished in ninth. In addition, Air Asia took the Skytrax award for top low-cost carrier in the world. Southwest finished fourth in that category behind EasyJet and Norwegian Air. 

Along with JetBlue, U.S. carriers in this year’s Skytrax top 100 include Delta (41), Southwest (47), Alaska (54), United (68), American (74) and Hawaiian (83). 

United, which saw its rank rise from 88th, was the seventh most improved airline in the world in the past year. Spirit came in tenth in that category.

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