Qatar Airways has been named the number 1 airline in 2021 by AirlineRatings.com.
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Qatar Airways is being honored for its commitment to COVID-19, the pursuit of excellence and environmental leadership.
The AirlineRatings.com awards are the most prestigious and sought-after accolades in global aviation, with over a century of combined industry experience judging their criteria for safety rankings.
Their list includes fleet age, passenger reviews, COVID-19 rating and product offerings among other key factors - all delivered by an experienced team providing insight from every aspect of global aviation to produce the award winners.
AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: "In our objective analysis Qatar Airways came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance."
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said: "on behalf of all of us at Qatar Airways, thank you for this distinguished recognition as Airline of the Year for 2021."
"Receiving the Airline of the Year award for 2021 is particularly special for Qatar Airways. Over the past 16 months we have witnessed some of the darkest days ever seen by the aviation industry. Yet, when so many other airlines stopped flying, Qatar Airways continued to operate and stand by our passengers," Mr. Al Baker said.
Other Airline Award Winners by AirlineRatings.com
Air New Zealand won Airline of the Year in 2020 and this year picked up Best Premium Economy and Best Economy.
Qantas, won Best Domestic Airline Service, and Best Lounges while Singapore Airlines picked up Best First Class.
Virgin Australia won Best Cabin Crew while Best In-Flight Entertainment went to Emirates.
Qantaslink won Best Regional Airline and VietJetAir took out Best Ultra Low-Cost airline.
Excellence in Long Haul travel: United Airlines (Americas), Lufthansa (Europe), Qatar Airways (Middle-East/Africa), Singapore Airlines (Asia) and Air New Zealand (Pacific).
Best Low-Cost Airline: Southwest (Americas), easyjet (Europe) and Jetstar (Asia/Pacific).
Top Twenty Airlines 2021:
AirlineRatings.com also named its Best of the Best: Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, EVA Air, British Airways, Lufthansa, ANA, Finnair, Japan Air Lines, KLM, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines, and Etihad Airways.