The Cleanest Airlines in the World, According to Passengers

You’re going to want to book your next trip with one of these carriers.

If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how dirty airplanes can be. Who knows what the last three people did in the seat before you? Once you get tired of the judgmental glances from your fellow passengers while you wipe down your tray table and headrest, you’ll want to book your next flight with one of these airlines that have just been voted the cleanest in the world. Don’t overlook this area that is actually the germiest place on the whole airplane when you’re doing your quick wipe down also.

Skytrax’s World Airline Awards recently announced their list of winners. One of the categories they rank is the world’s cleanest aircraft cabins. Passengers rate various airline’s “cleanliness and presentation of seat areas, tables, carpets, cabin panels, and washrooms.” Coming in at the top spot for 2019 is EVA Air or Evergreen Airlines, a Taiwanese carrier. Once you book your trip on one of these clean airlines, make sure you know about these things you should never do on an airplane.

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Finishing out the top five are Japan Airlines, ANA All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Asiana Airlines—all Asian carriers. Check out all 20 below.

  1. EVA Air
  2. Japan Airlines
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Singapore Airlines
  5. Asiana Airlines
  6. Hainan Airlines
  7. Swiss International Air Lines
  8. Cathay Pacific Airways
  9. Qatar Airways
  10. Lufthansa
  11. China Airlines
  12. Austrian Airlines
  13. Korean Air
  14. Air New Zealand
  15. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  16. Qantas Airways
  17. Cathay Dragon
  18. Bankok Airways
  19. Thai Airways
  20. Finnair

These airlines might feature squeaky clean planes, but you’re not out of the woods yet—you’ll want to make sure to avoid the dirtiest spots in airports, too.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.