Apart from a win by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in 2014, this award segment has been dominated by airlines based around the Arabian Gulf in the past seven years.
"This award shows that our customers, whom we thank for their continued loyalty, appreciate the investments Air Canada is making to deliver service that is the best in North America and increasingly recognized as industry-leading globally".
Singapore Airlines was named Best Airline in the World. The results were based on a survey of more than 20 million travellers, who reviewed over 335 airlines between August 2017 and May 2018.
The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 20.36 million travelers from more than 100 different countries. It added double-beds in its A380 first-class suites and full-flat beds for business class in regional flights, to compete Middle Eastern Carriers.
As well as taking second place overall, Qatar Airways collected major awards for best Business Class, the best Business Class Seat, the best First Class Lounge and the best Airline in the Middle East. Airlines are ranked according to 50 criteria, from check-in and boarding to staff service and seat comfort.
Other notable Asian airline accolades include China Southern Airlines for winning the world's most improved airline and AirAsia's continued dominance being named the world's best low-priced airline. "This honour extends to all of our employees, whose commitment, quality service and hard work ensure our passengers a pleasant, memorable experience, so their vacation truly begins the moment they set foot on board".
Click through to discover which airlines made the cut. Also on day one of the airshow, Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group, unveiled its latest aircraft, the Gulfstream G500 jet, which will join the fleet later this year.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, offers a First Class experience in the Business Class cabin. Lufthansa 8. Hainan Airlines 9. British Airways experienced something of a resurgence, meanwhile, rising nine places to 31st, as well as winning the award for Best Cabin Crew in the UK.