The aviation industry has sustained significant damage since the lockdowns began. It has been more than two years since Covid-19 suspended innumerable business operations, more especially disabling the travel industry, causing losses amounting to trillions of dollars to date.
Now that restrictions have been eased, aviation companies have started getting back on their feet, but that itself is a big hurdle for most. After massive layoffs and systemic changes brought on by the pandemic, many companies have to experience flight delays and cancellations. The United States reported that airplane passenger satisfaction is low.
The world is strolling through calmer travel months as the world awaits another busy Christmas season. While aviation companies make the most of the remaining months to prepare for the travel season, the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022 commenced in London to give honor to companies who have beaten all odds. The comeback event has not been held face-to-face since 2019.
Awarding just the best in aviation
Skytrax is an airline and airport review and ranking site based in the United Kingdom. For over a year, Skytrax has given more than 14 million customer surveys in 100 countries. For this year’s awards, the results were based on millions of surveys done from September 2021 to August 2022.
Qatar Airways, a frequent Hall of Famer, managed to take the top spot. Its ranking is its 7th receipt of the award since the award-giving body started the surveys in 1999. More than the Best Airline, Qatar Airways also snatched eight other categories, including Best Business Class Lounge Dining, Best Business Class, and Best Business Class Set, among others.
Apart from the honors the company received from Skytrax, Qatar Airways was also given the No. 1 spot by AirlineRatings.com. Chief Executive of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker said that the success of the aviation company is not possible without the efforts of all its employees.
“To win these awards in the same year that we celebrate our 25th anniversary is even more rewarding,” he added.
“Consistent service, consistent product, consistent attention to passengers and absolute dedication from everyone that works in the airline.”
The following is the list of awards and the recipients announced by Skytrax:
The world’s top 20 airlines in 2022
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- ANA (All Nippon Airways)
- Qantas Airways
- Japan Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- Air France
- Korean Air
- Swiss International Air Lines
- British Airways
- Etihad Airways
- China Southern Airlines
- Hainan Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- EVA Air
- Virgin Atlantic
World’s Best Cabin Staff
World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
ANA All Nippon Airways
World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge
World’s Best Business Class Lounge
World’s Best Leisure Airline
World’s Best Low-Cost Airline/Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia
Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe
Best Low-Cost Airline in North America
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa
World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline
World’s Best in Class Airlines
The World Best First Class Airline: Singapore Airlines
The World’s Best Business Class Airline: Qatar Airways
The World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline: Virgin Atlantic
The World’s Best Economy Class Airline: Emirates