Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been named Airline of the Year for 2019 by airline safety and product rating review website The national air carrier jumped two places from its 2018 ranking, beating five-time winner Air New Zealand, which dropped to second place, and Qantas, which fell to No. 3.
SIA's first class suites were also named the best by the website.

The results were announced last Tuesday (Nov 13) as part of's Airline Excellence Awards. Other accolades presented include best long-haul airline, best low-cost airline, best catering and best lounge.
"In our objective analysis, SIA came out No. 1 in many of our audit criteria, which is a great performance," said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas of SIA's top spot. "For years, SIA has been the gold standard, and now it is back to its best, leading in passenger innovations and new state-of-the-art aircraft models."

The Airline Excellence Awards are judged by seven editors from the website with over 200 years of combined industry experience.