Qatar’s national carrier, Qatar Airways, has won the award of airline on earth in 2021, few months after Hamad International Airport in Doha was named the World’s Best Airport 2021.
World Airline Awards organized by United Kingdom-based aviation consultancy firm Skytrax, named the Qatari airline the best globally among 350 carriers.
The latest award is the sixth for the airline by Skytrax. The World Airline Awards began in 1999, when Skytrax launched its first global, annual airline customer satisfaction survey. They are referred to as the Oscars of the aviation industry.
“Being named the ‘World’s Best Airline’ for an unprecedented sixth time is an enormous achievement, and provides our passengers with even greater confidence that they can travel with Qatar Airways as the first global airline to achieve the Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, while transiting through Hamad International Airport, the Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airport’ for 2021,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
The award took into account travelers’ opinions and a mix of more normal travel times combined with some travel during the global pandemic over September 2019 to July 2021 period.
The top 10 list also includes Singapore Airlines (2nd), ANA All Nippon Airways (3rd), Emirates (4th), Japan Airlines (5th), Cathay Pacific Airways (6th), EVA Air (7th), Qantas Airways (8th), Hainan Airlines (9th) and Air France (10th).
Qatar also retains its title as the World’s Best Business Class with Singapore Airlines in 2nd place and ANA All Nippon Airways ranked 3rd.
In August Skytrax named Hamad International Airport in Doha, the World’s Best Airport 2021.