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DOHA: Qatar Airways has been named as the world’s best airline for 2021 by in its annual Airline Excellence Awards.

Qatar Airways won the 2021 Airline of the Year award for its commitment to keeping the world’s air routes open during Covid-19, as well as for its innovation, new products and in-flight service. Founder and Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “Airline Ratings Excellence Awards are aptly named, for, at every touchpoint, excellence is the goal at Qatar Airways led by its inspirational Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.”

He added: “Al Baker’s drive for perfection has led to many improvements in both Airbus and Boeing aircraft and travellers across the world are better off because of the passion and the pursuit of excellence of Qatar Airways.”

The Doha-based carrier was followed in the Top 20 by 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; 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; and 20. Etihad Airways.

Darkest days

Al Baker said: “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. Despite the health crisis, we continued to reach new heights and set industry standards that deliver a passenger experience unmatched by any other airline in the world.”

“In our objective analysis Qatar Airways came out number one in many of our audit criteria, which is a great performance at this very difficult time,” Thomas added. “For year, Qatar Airways has been the gold standard, and it just keeps getting better with new passenger innovations and new state-of-the-art aircraft models.”

Qatar Airways was also awarded Best Business Class, Best Catering, and Best Middle East Airline.

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