Qatar Airways, which operates flights to Ukraine, was named the best air carrier in the world in 2021 by the Australian Agency for Aviation Safety and Product Quality AirlineRatings. The annual ranking is based based on criteria including age of fleet, passenger reviews and product offerings. This year, the team of global editors threw airlines’ Covid-19 responses into the mix too.
One of the key factors that allowed Qatar Airways to take first place on the list, the compilers of the rating called “the airline’s commitment to keeping its route network largely open” and its commitment to making the pandemic flying experience as safe as possible. Qatar Airways also received the Best Business Class and Best Catering awards.
In second place was Air New Zealand, which topped the ranking a year earlier. In addition, the carrier received the titles “Best Airline in the Pacific Region”, “Best Premium Airline” and “Best Economy Class”.
In third place is Singapore Airlines. The airline also won the prestigious First Class award for the six cabin suites in the forward upper deck of the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft designed to be the equivalent of small hotel rooms.
Australian airline Qantas was ranked fourth and won the Best Domestic Service and Best Lounges awards.
Emirates took the fifth position in the rating. The UAE airline also won the award for the best in-flight entertainment.
The next fifteen positions in the top twenty are as follows:
- Cathay Pacific,
- Virgin Atlantic,
- United Airlines,
- EVA Air,
- British Airways,
- Japan Air Lines,
- Hawaiian Airlines,
- Alaska Airlines,
- Virgin Australia,
- Delta Air Lines,
- Etihad Airways.