Qatar Airways has won top airline at the Skytrax awards announced in Paris.

Air New Zealand, which is 17th in the overall ranking, made a clean sweep in the Premium Economy Class section - taking the top prizes for seat and catering.

Nearly 19 million passengers in 110 countries across the globe vote on the awards which cover a range of features from food to seat comfort and the cabin crew friendliness. The surveys measure standards across 41 key performance indicators of airline front-line product and service.

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Skytrax said it was the third time in five years that Doha-based Qatar had triumphed in the top award category.

The 2014-15 has been something of a "landmark year" for the airline, having moved to a new home at Hamad International Airport, as well as getting Airbus A380s and the new A350XWB into its fleet.

Qatar Airways were also named Best Airline in the Middle East.

"This remains one of the most competitive regions in the survey with both Emirates and Etihad also securing top-10 places in the worldwide ranking."

Air New Zealand's chief marketing and customer officer, Mike Tod, said the accolades were something that all staff could be proud of.

In addition to the Premium Economy awards, the Air New Zealand managed Star Alliance Los Angeles lounge won 'Best Airline Alliance Lounge'.

Qantas won the best airline in Australia / Pacific award for the third consecutive year.

Singapore Airlines was the best airline in Asia and Etihad Airways won best first class cabin and best first class catering.

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* Air New Zealand says its Premium Economy will soon be available on its Tasman, Pacific Island and Bali services.

Chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace said although the carrier has been operating twin aisle wide body aircraft on short haul routes for some time, the mix of aircraft flying these routes has made it difficult to offer Premium Economy as a product.

"With the arrival of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, refurbishment of our Boeing 777-200 fleet and exit of the Boeing 747-400, we now have a consistent Premium Economy offering across our twin aisle wide body fleet.''

Professional surfers Mick Fanning (left) and Gabriel Medina, who feature in the new Air NZ in-flight video, showcasing the new Premium Economy Spaceseat.
Professional surfers Mick Fanning (left) and Gabriel Medina, who feature in the new Air NZ in-flight video, showcasing the new Premium Economy Spaceseat.
You'll find the world's best cabin staff on a Garuda Indonesia flight. Photo / Screenshot from Garuda Indonesia website
You'll find the world's best cabin staff on a Garuda Indonesia flight. Photo / Screenshot from Garuda Indonesia website

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1 Garuda Indonesia
2 Cathay Pacific
3 Singapore Airlines
4 Asiana Airlines
5 Malaysia Airlines
6 Qatar Airways
7 EVA Air
8 ANA All Nippon Airways
9 Thai Airways
10 Hainan Airlines

Best business class

1 Singapore Airlines
2 Qatar Airways
3 Cathay Pacific
4 ANA All Nippon Airways
5 Etihad Airways
6 Garuda Indonesia
7 Qantas Airways
8 Emirates
9 Turkish Airlines
10 Oman Air

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1 AirAsia
2 Virgin America
3 Norwegian
4 easyJet
5 Jetstar Airways
6 AirAsiaX
7 Indigo
8 WestJet
9 Jetstar Asia
10 Scoot

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Posted by Emirates on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

World's best inflight entertainment

1 Emirates
2 Qatar Airways
3 Singapore Airlines
4 Qantas
5 Etihad Airways
6 Turkish Airlines
7 Cathay Pacific
8 Virgin Atlantic
9 Thai Airways
10 Air France