by Seth BUTERA September 30, 2021
The aviation industry has been and still is among the most affected sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic with many carriers remaining grounded for much of the past 18 months. Skytrax swapped its usual in-person celebration for an online announcement this year.
As air travel returns in some regions, AirlineRatings.com has released its annual round-up of the world’s best carriers, ready to help fliers decide which airline to choose for their return to the skies.
The Australia-based aviation safety and product rating agency compiles its Airline Excellence Awards based on criteria including age of fleet, passenger reviews, and product offerings. This year, the team of global editors threw airlines’ Covid-19 responses into the mix too.
Globally, Qatar Airways jumped up the rankings to nab the top spot, beating out previous winner Air New Zealand — which has topped the list six times over the past several years and this year came in at number two
1. Qatar Airways
2. Air New Zealand
3. Singapore Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Virgin Atlantic
8. United Airlines
9. EVA Air
10. British Airways
Qatar Airways, the world’s leading airline recently entered into a partnership with Rwanda’s national carrier Rwandair that is ranked number seven on the African continent according to Skytrax that organizes the World Airline Awards.
This interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines, providing a seamless travel experience and enhanced customer service for the frequent flyers programs.
Customers can pick and choose from over 160 destinations in the combined networks of both airlines, which are perfectly connected via their home main hubs.
This latest cooperation comes hot on the heels of the airlines’ recent loyalty partnerships announcement, giving RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to ‘earn and burn’ points across their reciprocal route networks.