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Etihad is named the best airline for long-haul economy class flights. ― AFP picEtihad is named the best airline for long-haul economy class flights. ― AFP picDOHA, Jan 17 ― In what comes as, perhaps, no surprise, airlines from the Middle East have been named the best carriers for long-haul economy class flights.

Carriers out of the Middle East are known for setting the standards in luxury travel. But according to experts at travel site Skift, they don’t forsake their economy class passengers either.

After looking at factors such as seat width, pitch, in-flight entertainment, menus, design and technology, analysts named Etihad and Qatar the best airlines for long-haul economy class flights, with 61 points.

The pair topped Emirates, ANA (All Nippon Airways) and Turkish Airways, which were bumped to second place by a razor-thin margin of a single point, scoring a mark of 60.

When it comes to North American carriers, American Airlines was the top performer, scoring 50 points, while Air Canada was the poorest performer, at 39 points.

Here are the top scoring carriers according to Skift:

Etihad and Qatar, 61 points

Emirates, All Nippon Airways, Turkish Airways, 60

Japan Airlines, 58

Avianca, Air China, 57

Saudi Airlines, 56 ― AFP-Relaxnews

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