Japan Airlines have been awarded Skytrax 5 Star status, joining the ten other airlines with the same rating globally. This is a prestigious ranking for the Japanese carrier and well deserved.

This means that both major airlines from Japan are now rated 5 star. Since Japan Airlines is in the oneworld alliance, it is probably high time that I fly on them.

Skytrax 5 Star Airlines

The top airlines in the world should not be too much of a surprise. In alphabetical order they are ANA All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Across the alliances, this is one airline for SkyTeam (Garuda), three from oneworld (Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways), two unaligned (Etihad and Hainan) and the remaining five are from Star Alliance.

Japan Airlines Has Skytrax Best Economy Seat Too!

For the third time in four years, Japan Airlines has been awarded the best economy class seat and considering this is the seat most people would be sitting on, it’s an important award.

When it comes to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Japan Airline easily has the best seats in the world as I have written before. They are arranged 2-4-2 across the aircraft – just eight abreast – whereas most airlines have 3-3-3 – nine abreast.

Overall Thoughts

Some people regard the Skytrax ratings as something you can basically pay for by having consulting services from the company. I am not in that camp and I think the ratings are a well deserved reflection on the hard work from a carriers employees to get things to a high standard.

You do notice the difference when flying on a 5 star airline, even in economy class. It’s all the little things that elevate the experience as far as I am concerned.

Have you flown with Japan Airlines before and what was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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