The world's best airline is...

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  • Emirates named airline of the year at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Awards were voted on by 18.2 million passengers from 160 countries around the world
  • Cathay Pacific cabin crew named world's best, Air Asia top budget airline
Emirates has been voted the world's best airline by passengers at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards.
The awards -- decided by 18.2 million passengers in 160 countries around the world -- judge airlines on everything from the cleanliness of the cabin to the quality of the in-flight food and entertainment.
Dubai-based Emirates took the debut prize in 2001, and retained it in 2002, before missing out on the top spot for a decade.
Now they're back to make it a hat-trick -- and the company's president, Tim Clark, puts their return to award-winning form down to one thing, "exteremely hard work."
"We've got 200 aircraft, 18,000 cabin crew and ground staff," he explained, admitting that with 200 aircraft and 18,000 cabin crew and ground staff the company's operations were "not easy, but you work hard at what you're doing, you