This year has been a terrific year for business class passengers with the debut of new business class seats on Hainan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Turkish Airlines and British Airways to name a few. Moreover, the addition of the new Turkish Airlines lounge at Istanbul Airport, Virgin Australia lounge at Brisbane Airport, or even Finnair Platinum Wing Lounge in Helsinki has business class customers excited.

Pair seats and lounges with amenities such as kits, meals, linen and more, and you’ve got a list of airlines that are making big moves to provide their passengers with the best-in-class. However, there are airlines that outshine others, which is why every year airlines are nominated and awarded awards in different categories including all levels of business class. With that said, let’s take a look at the top ten best business class airlines and each category for 2019.

Best Business Class Airlines in the World

This year’s Best Business Class Airline Award goes to Qatar Airways, which held the number one spot in 2018 as well. Aside from having the best business class seat, the airline has also won the Best Airline Award for 2019—both a huge win for this Middle Eastern carrier.

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

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

Best Business Class Seat in the World

For 2019, Qatar Airways has also snagged the number one spot for having the best business class seat in the world, a bump up from being in second place in 2018. With their phenomenal Qsuite that can convert into a full bed for those sitting in the middle section, it’s no wonder that this carrier continues to reign this year.

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Japan Airlines
4. Etihad Airways
5. Oman Air
6. United Airlines
7. Delta Air Lines
8. China Airlines
9. Emirates
10. Korean Air

Best Business Class Seat Amenities in the World

The World’s Best Business Class Seat Amenities considers all aspects of the seat, from comfort all the way to the linens. This year, the number one airline to offer the best amenities in business class was Hainan Airlines, the same spot it held last year. Two new carriers that made it to 2019 top ten are Lufthansa and Philippine Airlines, whereas Garuda Indonesia, who held the fifth spot, completely fell off.

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

1. Hainan Airlines
2. Qatar Airways
3. British Airways
4. EVA Air
5. Oman Air
6. Qantas Airways
7. Emirates
8. United Airlines
9. Lufthansa
10. Philippine Airlines

Best Business Class Onboard Catering in the World

The best business class airline for having the top onboard catering this year goes to ANA All Nippon Airways, a jump from third place last year. Lufthansa fell short from making it on the top ten for 2019, whereas Oman Air took eighth place (the carrier was didn’t make it for 2018). Passengers sitting in business class on ANA can enjoy over-the-top traditional cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs from Japan and France—a unique combination for truly delectable meals.

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

1. ANA All Nippon Airways
2. Qatar Airways
3. Hainan Airlines
4. Austrian Airlines
5. Turkish Airlines
6. Singapore Airlines
7. Qantas Airways
8. Oman Air
9. Etihad Airways
10. Emirates

Best Business Class Lounges in the World

A huge surprise this year for the Best Business Class Lounge award goes to United Airlines Polaris Lounge in SFO, a major leap from last year’s seventh spot. If you haven’t already, we hope you check it out! Other surprises? Virgin Atlantic didn’t make it at all on the top ten this year (it was number three in 2018), Air Canada took third place and American Airlines was number ten (neither of the two made it on last year’s list).

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

1. United Airlines – SFO
2. Virgin Australia
3. Air Canada
4. Qatar Airways
5. Turkish Airlines
6. Qantas Airways
7. United Airlines – EWR
8. Singapore Airlines
9. Emirates
10. American Airlines

Best Business Class Lounge Dining in the World

This year’s winner for the Best Business Class Lounge Dining category is Air Canada—a big win for this North American carrier since it wasn’t even on the top ten list for 2018. For several years, Turkish Airlines held the number one spot and this year, it fell all the way to sixth place. And that’s not all, another North American carrier, United Airlines, took second place, a bump from tenth in 2018.

The top ten for 2019 are the following:

1. Air Canada
2. United Airlines
3. Virgin Atlantic
4. Emirates
5. Qatar Airways
6. Turkish Airlines
7. Qantas Airways
8. Cathay Pacific Airways
9. Air France
10. Hainan Airlines

Were you surprised by this year’s results?