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The best airlines for 2021 revealed: Qatar Airways is No1 overall

Qatar Airways has been named the world’s best airline for 2021 by a leading aviation group. 

Australia-based AirlineRatings.com – a website that ranks airlines on safety and in-flight experience – has released its annual round-up of the top 20 global carriers, with the Doha-based airline scoring gold for its cabin innovation, passenger service, and commitment to continue to operate throughout the pandemic.

Air New Zealand came second overall but it scored first in the Premium Economy and Economy categories, while Singapore Airlines came third in the Best Airlines ranking. 

Qatar Airways has been named the world’s best airline for 2021 by a leading aviation group

Australia-based AirlineRatings.com rated Qatar Airways for its cabin innovation, passenger service, and commitment to continue to operate throughout the pandemic

Australia-based AirlineRatings.com rated Qatar Airways for its cabin innovation, passenger service, and commitment to continue to operate throughout the pandemic

THE BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD 2021 

1. Qatar Airways

2. Air New Zealand

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Emirates

6. Cathay Pacific

7. Virgin Atlantic

8. United Airlines

9. Eva Air

10. British Airways

Source: airlineratings.com 

11. Lufthansa

12. ANA

13. Finnair

14. Japan Air Lines

15. KLM

16. Hawaiian Airlines 

17. Alaska Airlines

18. Virgin Australia

19. Delta Air Lines

20. Etihad Airways

Other airlines making the top 20 ranking this year include Qantas, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and British Airways.

The awards and the ranking is judged by a team of editors and takes into account major safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria that include fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations. 

In the airline ranking, the Australian flag carrier, Qantas, is fourth. Coming fifth is Emirates followed by Cathay Pacific in sixth and UK-based Virgin Atlantic in seventh.

United Airlines is eighth, Eva Air is ninth and British Airways rounds out the top 10. 

Air New Zealand came second overall but it scored first in the Premium Economy and Economy, pictured, categories

Air New Zealand came second overall but it scored first in the Premium Economy and…

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