These two years have been unusual for the aviation industry. After months of pandemic-related strandings, travel has returned not with a bang, but with a bit of a whimper, as many global airlines and airports grapple with cancellations and delays.
Amid this chaotic travel season, Australian airline safety and product rating agency AirlineRatings.com has released its annual roundup of the world’s best airlines.
Grabbing the top spot for the second straight year is Qatar Airways, with AirlineRatings.com stating that the carrier’s commitment to flying over the past two years was the deciding factor. Qatar Airways also won the Excellence in Long Haul – Middle East/Africa award.
“Qatar Airways’ decision to continue operating during the pandemic means it has become the largest international airline in the world and has recorded a huge profit – the only major airline to do so,” said Geoffrey Thomas, editor. in chief of AirlineRatings.com at Les actualites. Travel.
TRAVELER OPTIONS RANKING
In addition to profitability, AirlineRatings.com says its team of editors also assessed each airline’s fleet age, environmental and safety credentials, passenger reviews and product offerings.
Hot on the heels of Qatar Airways is Air New Zealand, an airline that has topped the AirlineRatings list six times in recent years, and last year also ranked number two. For 2022, Air New Zealand has also been recognized by AirlineRatings.com as the carrier with the best economy and premium economy options, and the best option for long-haul travel in the Pacific Rim.
Number three on the AirlineRatings.com list is Etihad Airways. The UAE-based airline also received the Environmental Airline of the Year award, due to what Thomas called a “benchmark” commitment to reducing emissions.
The number four airline is Korean Air, which also won Cargo Airline of the Year and Excellence in Long Haul – Asia, while Singapore Airlines, winner of Best First Class and Best Lounges , completes the top five.
AirlineRatings.com also highlights the best low-cost airlines for 2022, although these low-cost carriers are not ranked. Instead, they are listed in alphabetical order: Allegiant Air, AirAsia, easyjet, Jetstar, Flair, Fly Dubai, Ryanair, Scoot, Southwest and VietJet Air.
Thomas told Les Actualites Travel that the results reflect the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on aviation, but the recent spike in delays and cancellations did not affect the ranking.
“The current travel crisis hasn’t played a role because it’s a one-time event,” said Thomas, who suggested the current events are also “largely not airline-driven.”
Experts have suggested that the current problems are related to staff shortages, airport problems, labor relations and weather conditions.
Overall, Thomas sees the ranking as a positive view of the travel industry today.
“The results highlight the very high level of offer for travellers,” he said.
AIRLINERATINGS.COM’S TOP 20 AIRLINES FOR 2022
Air New Zealand
Airlines to Singapore
All Japanese airlines
Cathay Pacific Airways