What are the best airlines in the world? The aviation industry has had a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines have declared bankruptcy and their response capacity has allowed them to reactivate successfully.
The prestigious ranking of the world’s best airlines was published by AirlineRatings.com, the Australia-based global safety and product review website that ranks based on criteria including:
- Age of the fleet,
- Opinions of the passengers and
- Product offerings. (The team of global editors also included the response capacity of airlines to the Covid-19 pandemic.)
385 airlines were included in the study that has been carried out not quite long, AirlineRatings.com usually announces its main airlines in November, anticipating for every year so we can keep you guys updated.
Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of AirlineRatings.com, explained: “We carried the announcement from 2021 to the year 2021 due to the Covid chaos and we wanted to see how the industry would handle the pandemic for a longer period of time before making selections.”
To be named in the Top 20, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort. “We are focused on leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference in the passenger experience. In our assessment, we also consider audited passenger feedback on our website, ”said Thomas.
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In addition to the top 20 rankings, AirlineRatings.com also awarded additional awards for airline deals, including Best First Class (Singapore Airlines), Best Cabin Crew (Virgin Australia), and Best Airport Lounges (Qantas).
In previous years, profitability has been a key factor in ranking the major airlines, but due to the financial impact of the pandemic on the aviation industry, this year finances were not taken into account for the ranking.
The best airlines in the world are:
- Qatar Airways
- Air New Zealand
- Singapore Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Virgin Atlantic
- United Airlines
- EVA Air
- British Airways
- Japan Air Lines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Virgin Australia
- Delta Air Lines
- Etihad Airways