(CNN) — It has been a wierd 12 months for the aviation business, with many airways grounding plane for vital chunks of 2020.
“Qatar Airways has all the time figured extremely in our rankings, profitable varied awards corresponding to Greatest Enterprise Class but it surely was the airline’s dedication to retaining its route community largely open that attracted the judges’ reward — and votes,” says Thomas.
Thomas additionally factors to the airline’s repatriation flights, and its dedication to creating the pandemic flying expertise as secure as doable.
Qatar Airways is AirlineRatings.com’s greatest airline for 2021.
AirlineRatings.com often proclaims its high airways in November, in anticipation of the 12 months forward. The pandemic pressured the aviation security and product score company to change issues up.
“We pushed the 2021 announcement into the 2021 12 months as a result of chaos of Covid and we wished to see how the business would deal with the pandemic over an extended time frame earlier than making choices,” explains Thomas.
Normally, profitability is without doubt one of the key components assessed by judges as they rank the highest airways, however due to the steep monetary affect of Covid-19 on the aviation business, funds weren’t considered this 12 months.
“We needed to drop that this 12 months as a result of just about all airways are shedding cash,” says Thomas.
Final 12 months’s winner, Air New Zealand, is quantity two on this 12 months’s record.
At quantity 5 is Dubai-based Emirates.
In addition to the highest 20 rating, AirlineRatings.com additionally gave out extra awards for airline choices — together with for greatest firstclass (Singapore Airways), greatest cabin crew (Virgin Australia) and greatest airport lounges (Qantas).
In the meantime, funds provider EasyJet received the most effective low-cost airline award for Europe, whereas Jetstar received in Asia/Pacific and Southwest received within the Americas.
AirlineRatings.com’s high 20 airways for 2021
1. Qatar Airways
2. Air New Zealand
3. Singapore Airways
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Virgin Atlantic
8. United Airways
9. EVA Air
10. British Airways
14. Japan Air Strains
16. Hawaiian Airways
17. Alaska Airways
18. Virgin Australia
19. Delta Air Strains
20. Etihad Airways