Travelers who are on the fence about flying once more might need to try a brand new listing of the world’s best airlines.
The airline safety website AirlineScores.com printed its listing of “Top Airlines in the World,” which historically ranks carriers by safety, in-flight service, passenger consolation and flight routes.
But this yr, new judging standards are shaking up the rankings. For the primary time, airlines are being judged partly by how they responded to the Covid-19 world pandemic.
“Covid impacted the ratings in two ways,” stated 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 website.
The Doha-based provider was awarded the highest prize on account of its cabin innovation, in-flight service and “dedication and commitment to continue to operate throughout the Covid pandemic,” in keeping with the location’s announcement on July 20.
Doha-based Qatar Airways was launched within the mid-1990s and at present flies to greater than 140 locations.
Courtesy of Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways additionally launched trade firsts, AirlineScores.com stated, resembling being the primary to finish the International Air Transport Association’s safety 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 stated.
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 usually 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 stated.
Qatar Airways’ much-lauded Qsuites, which characteristic double beds and privateness panels to create a personal 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 airlines with seven safety stars are thought-about for the annual listing. That ranking relies on crash historical past, pilot-related incidents, authorities audits — and now Covid protocols, resembling social distancing, plane cleansing and masked cabin crew.
Fewer than 150 of the 350-some airlines evaluated by AirlineScores.com have seven stars. Eight airlines have only one star, in keeping with the website.
The firm stated rankings, which are judged by the website’s editors, additionally think about airline service, employees 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 first-class: Singapore Airlines
Best enterprise class: Qatar Airways
Best premium economic system class: Air New Zealand
Best economic 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 safety compliance. Next yr, it too will consider Covid compliance measures by the airlines, stated Thomas.
That listing is anticipated in January 2022.