(CNN) — It has been a wierd 12 months for the aviation trade, with many airways grounding plane for vital chunks of 2020.
“Qatar Airways has at all times figured extremely in our rankings, profitable varied awards similar to Greatest Enterprise Class but it surely was the airline’s dedication to maintaining 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 attainable.
AirlineRatings.com often proclaims its prime airways in November, in anticipation of the 12 months forward. The pandemic pressured the aviation security and product score company to modify issues up.
“We pushed the 2021 announcement into the 2021 12 months as a result of chaos of Covid and we needed to see how the trade would deal with the pandemic over an extended time period earlier than making picks,” 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 influence of Covid-19 on the aviation trade, funds weren’t considered this 12 months.
“We needed to drop that this 12 months as a result of just about all airways are dropping cash,” says Thomas.
Final 12 months’s winner, Air New Zealand, is quantity two on this 12 months’s listing.
At quantity 5 is Dubai-based Emirates.
In addition to the highest 20 rating, AirlineRatings.com additionally gave out further 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 gained the very best low-cost airline award for Europe, whereas Jetstar gained in Asia/Pacific and Southwest gained within the Americas.
AirlineRatings.com’s prime 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 Traces
16. Hawaiian Airways
17. Alaska Airways
18. Virgin Australia
19. Delta Air Traces
20. Etihad Airways