Qatar Airways takes top airline gong

Airline review site Skytrax has named the best airlines of the year at the Paris Air Show.

Qatar Airways beat Singapore Airlines to first place in the 2011 rankings, rising from third place, while Asiana dropped from the top of the table to take third place.

Cathay Pacific won fourth place in the overall rankings, while Thai Airways took fifth and Etihad took sixth at the awards, which were announced June 22.

The list of the top ten airlines in the world was notable for its lack of names from Europe and the Americas – four winners hailed from Asia, four from the Middle East/Africa and two from Oceania.