'World's best airline' for 2021 revealed by Skytrax

(CNN) — It hasn’t been an excellent yr for airways, due to Covid’s affect on the aviation business, however for one Middle East service it is simply obtained quite a bit higher.

Qatar Airways has taken the highest spot within the newest rating of the world’s greatest airways by Skytrax, a evaluation physique that additionally produces a hotly anticipated annual list of best airports.

Travelers have been requested concerning the efficiency and high quality of greater than 350 international airways.

Number two on Skytrax’s checklist went to Singapore Airlines, whereas ANA All Nippon Airways got here in at quantity three.

This is Qatar Airways sixth time successful the Skytrax high prize. This yr it was additionally awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Seat, Best Airline within the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Business Class Onboard Catering.

“It is clear that Qatar Airways has maintained its high standards of innovation and service standards, both in more normal times and through the current global pandemic,” mentioned Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted in an announcement on the outcomes.

Rounding out Skytrax’s high 5 are Emirates and Japan Airlines.

Flying throughout a pandemic

It’s been a lower than common yr for the aviation business, with many carriers remaining grounded for a lot of the previous 18 months. Skytrax swapped its standard in-person celebration for an internet announcement this yr.

Qatar Airways’ planes have remained fairly energetic within the skies through the pandemic.

“We never abandoned our loyal customers when they needed us the most, we continued flying to get people home and implemented stringent biosafety measures to provide strong reassurance for travellers, all while continuing to innovate to ensure we remain the airline of choice for millions of passengers across the globe,” mentioned Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker in an announcement on the win.

Second place Singapore Airlines was additionally topped Best Airline in Asia, and received for Best Cabin Crew, World’s Best First Class, World’s Best First Class Seat and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering. Third place ANA Al Nippon Airways was additionally acknowledged as residence of the World’s Cleanest Airline Cabins, World’s Best Airport Services, Best Airline Staff in Asia and Best First Class Lounge in Asia.

Skytrax notes that “there have been some up and down movements versus 2019 results, although a core of airlines still dominate these higher positions.”

Japan Airlines was absent from Skytrax’s 2019 top 10, however this yr got here in at quantity 5. Meanwhile Lufthansa and Thai Airways got here in at quantity 9 and 10 in 2019, however fell down the charts this yr to 13 and 23 respectively.

Noteworthy firsts on this yr’s awards could be discovered within the low-cost market awards — Singaporean funds service Scoot was named the World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline, whereas Spanish service Vueling Airlines received Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe, beating off competitors from the likes of EasyJet.

Skytrax topped Air France the Best Airline in Europe, whereas the French nationwide service was additionally the one European airline to interrupt into the general high 10. British Airways was quantity 11 on the general checklist, and received Best Airline within the United Kingdom, in addition to Best Airline Staff in Europe and Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering.

In the US market, Delta Air Lines was topped Best Airline in North America and was acknowledged for Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat, Best Business Class in North America and Best Premium Economy Class in North America. Delta was additionally the highest rated US airline total, at quantity 30 on the general checklist.

Skytrax Top Airlines 2021

1. Qatar Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. ANA All Nippon Airways

4. Emirates

5. Japan Airlines

6. Cathay Pacific

7. EVA Air

8. Qantas Airways

9. Hainan Airlines

10. Air France

Skytrax World’s Cleanest Airline Cabins 2021

1. ANA All Nippon Airways

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Japan Airlines

4. Qatar Airways

5. EVA Air

6. Cathay Pacific Airways

7. Asiana Airlines

8. Korean Air

9. Hainan Airlines

10. Swiss International Air Lines

Skytrax Best Airlines by Global Region 2021

Northern Europe — Finnair

Western Europe — Air France

Eastern Europe — Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Africa — Ethiopian Airlines

Australia / Pacific — Qantas Airlines

Central Asia / India — Air Astana

China — Hainan Airlines

Central America / Caribbean — Copa Airlines

South America — LATAM

North America — Delta Air Lines

Asia — Singapore Airlines

Middle East — Qatar Airways

Europe — Air France

Skytrax World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines 2021

1. AirAsia

2. Southwest Airlines

3. Scoot

4. Vueling Airlines

5. IndiGo

6. EasyJet

7. Jetstar Airways

8. Ryanair

9. Jetstar Asia

10. Flynas

Skytrax World’s Best Cabin Crew 2021

1. Singapore Airlines

2. ANA All Nippon Airways

3. Thai Airways

4. Garuda Indonesia

5. Japan Airlines

6. Hainan Airlines

7. EVA Air

8. Asiana Airlines

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

10. Qatar Airways

Skytrax Best Airline Seats 2021

Economy — Japan Airlines

Premium economic system — Delta Air Lines

Business — Qatar Airways

First class — Singapore Airlines

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