Air Canada Named Best North American Airline, But That's Not Saying Much

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An aerial view of the Lester B. Pearson airport as photographed from an airplane on August 28, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Air Canada has been named best North American airline by SkyTrax's survey. | Bruce Bennett via Getty Images

With so much attention focused on the air tragedy in Ukraine, it’s easy to forget flying remains the safest form of travel.

That’s something attendants at this year’s admittedly ill-timed Farnborough International Airshow (it wrapped up three days after the Ukraine crash) want people to remember. The air show is the annual venue for the Skytrax World Airline Awards, which this year named Air Canada North America’s best airline.

The awards are based on a customer survey of business and leisure passengers, which this year involved nearly 19 million surveyed passengers around the world.

Other Canadian airlines placed in the rankings as well, with WestJet claiming second spot and Porter landing in sixth. Porter also won the award for best regional airline in North America.

But all of that doesn’t seem to be saying much, because being the best airline in North America was only good enough to rank Air Canada 24th in the world overall. Clearly, North American airlines aren’t held in very high esteem by their passengers.

That honour belongs to Asian airlines, which dominated the list, taking nine of the top 10 spots among airlines worldwide. Germany’s Lufthansa, in 10th place, was the only non-Asian airline to make the list.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific won the “airline of the year” award, taking top spot. Qatar Airways took second place, with Singapore Airlines taking third place.

Check out the top 10 airlines in North America.

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