Travelers who’re on the fence about flying once more could need to take a look at a brand new listing of the world’s finest airways.
The airline security web site AirlineScores.com printed its listing of “Top Airlines in the World,” which historically ranks carriers by security, in-flight service, passenger consolation and flight routes.
But this yr, new judging standards are shaking up the rankings. For the primary time, airways are being judged partially by how they responded to the Covid-19 world pandemic.
“Covid impacted the ratings in two ways,” mentioned AirlineScores.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. “Airlines had to be Covid-compliant to our standards to be considered, and we deleted profitability as a criterion this year.”
Qatar Airways took the No. 1 spot this yr, named “Airline of the Year” by the web site.
The Doha-based service was awarded the highest prize as a consequence of its cabin innovation, in-flight service and “dedication and commitment to continue to operate throughout the Covid pandemic,” in accordance with the positioning’s announcement on July 20.
Doha-based Qatar Airways was launched within the mid-Nineties and presently flies to greater than 140 locations.
Courtesy of Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways additionally launched business firsts, AirlineScores.com mentioned, reminiscent of being the primary to finish the International Air Transport Association’s security audit and among the many first to trial its Covid Safe Travel Pass.
Qatar Airways additionally has one of many world’s youngest fleets, the announcement mentioned.
Here’s the complete listing, following by every airline’s place final yr:
1. Qatar Airways (9)
2. Air New Zealand (1)
3. Singapore Airlines (2)
4. Qantas (4)
5. Emirates (6)
6. Cathay Pacific (5)
7. Virgin Atlantic (7)
8. United Airlines (N/A)
9. EVA Air (8)
10. British Airways (17)
11. Lufthansa (11)
12. ANA, or All Nippon Airways (3)
13. Finnair (12)
14. Japan Airlines (13)
15. KLM (14)
16. Hawaiian Airlines (16)
17. Alaska Airlines (18)
18. Virgin Australia (10)
19. Delta Air Lines (19)
20. Etihad Airways (20)
Most carriers maintained an identical place as they did within the 2020 listing. Still, Qatar Airways jumped eight locations to clinch the highest spot, a place sometimes dominated by Air New Zealand.
“Air New Zealand has been our ‘Airline of the Year’ in six of the last eight years because of its outstanding innovation and cabin service,” Thomas mentioned.
Qatar Airways’ much-lauded Qsuites, which function double beds and privateness panels to create a non-public room, have earned the airline “Best Business Class” accolades for 3 years in a row.
Courtesy of Qatar Airways
British Airways jumped seven locations within the rankings to No. 10, whereas United leaped to No. 8, after not making the 2020 listing in any respect.
Only airways with seven safety stars are thought-about for the annual listing. That score is predicated on crash historical past, pilot-related incidents, authorities audits — and now Covid protocols, reminiscent of social distancing, plane cleansing and masked cabin crew.
Fewer than 150 of the 350-some airways evaluated by AirlineScores.com have seven stars. Eight airways have only one star, in accordance with the web site.
The firm mentioned rankings, that are judged by the web site’s editors, additionally think about airline service, workers engagement and passenger suggestions.
Individual carriers are additionally singled out for “Airline Excellence Awards” for superior service and merchandise. This yr’s awards went to:
Best top notch: Singapore Airlines
Best enterprise class: Qatar Airways
Best premium financial system class: Air New Zealand
Best financial system class: Air New Zealand
Best low-cost airline in Asia-Pacific: Jetstar
Best low-cost airline in Europe: EasyJet
Best low-cost airline within the Americas: Southwest
Best ultra-low-cost airline: Vietjet Air
Best regional airline: Qantas
Best cabin crew: Virgin Australia
Best lounges: Qantas
In-flight catering award: Qatar
In-flight leisure award: Emirates
Separately, AirlineScores.com points an annual “Top Twenty Safest Airlines” listing that analyzes crash data and security compliance. Next yr, it too will consider Covid compliance measures by the airways, mentioned Thomas.
That listing is anticipated in January 2022.