(CNN) — It has been a wierd yr for the aviation trade, with many airways grounding plane for vital chunks of 2020.
“Qatar Airways has all the time figured extremely in our rankings, successful numerous awards corresponding to Finest Enterprise Class nevertheless it was the airline’s dedication to holding 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 normally pronounces its prime airways in November, in anticipation of the yr forward. The pandemic compelled the aviation security and product score company to change issues up.
“We pushed the 2021 announcement into the 2021 yr as a result of chaos of Covid and we wished to see how the trade would deal with the pandemic over an extended time period earlier than making picks,” explains Thomas.
Normally, profitability is among the key components assessed by judges as they rank the highest airways, however due to the steep monetary impression of Covid-19 on the aviation trade, funds weren’t considered this yr.
“We needed to drop that this yr as a result of nearly all airways are shedding cash,” says Thomas.
Final yr’s winner, Air New Zealand, is quantity two on this yr’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