05/27/2010 11:01 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Best Airlines In the World: Skytrax (PHOTOS)

From rude stewardesses to plasticine food, flying is a painful experience for a lot of us. As the airline industry struggles to recover from the recession, it seems like the things we took for granted -- such as free carry-on bags or friendly airline staff -- are disappearing fast.

But that's certainly not the case outside America and Great Britain. In Skytrax's annual World Airline Awards, ranked by surveys and reviews of more than 17.9 million customers, Asian carriers dominate the list, followed by the Middle East and Australia.

On these flights, the journey could definitely be better than the destination. Think in-flight showers and cook-to-order meals, or pampering airport lounges doling out free massages and cocktails.

Check out the top ten airlines in the world -- and apply for vacation time already!

World's Best Airlines