Qatar Airways has been awarded Airline of the Year in 2021 by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation.
This marks the airline's win for a record sixth time, including for years 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Aviation Industry’, the 2021 Skytrax awards covered the period from September 2019 to July 2021 with the results reflecting a mix of more normal travel times combined with travel during the pandemic.
During that extended period of time, Qatar Airways displayed resilience and flexibility in the face of adversity. Not only did the airline offer unparalleled service in pre-Covid-19 times, but it also continued to consistently deliver excellence to its customers all around the world during the most challenging of times.
“Being recognised as the World’s Best Airline for the sixth time is an incredible achievement for our airline and I want to thank our loyal passengers for this award,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said.
“Having gone through one of the most challenging years in aviation history, this award is fitting recognition for all the hard work by the entire Qatar Airways family to take care of our passengers.
“We never abandoned them when they needed us the most, we kept flying to get people home, focused on the biosafety to provide customer and employee reassurance and continued to innovate during this period," the chief executive added.
Qatar Airways also became the first global airline to receive the Skytrax Covid-19 Safety Rating in January 2021 while its home and hub, Hamad International Airport, was recently voted the World’s Best Airport 2021 in August.
In addition to that, Qatar Airways also went home with five additional awards:
1. World’s Best Business Class
2. World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
3. World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat
4. World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering
5. Best Airline in the Middle East