It’s been an unusual couple of years for the aviation industry. After months of pandemic-related groundings, travel’s returned not with a bang, but with a bit of a whimper, as many global airlines and airports struggle with cancellations and delays.

CNN – July 14, 2022

In the midst of this chaotic season of travel, Australia-based aviation safety and product rating agency has released its annual round-up of the world’s best airlines.

Nabbing the top spot for the second year in the row is Qatar Airways, with stating this carrier’s commitment to flying over the past couple years was the deciding factor. Qatar Airways also won the Excellence in Long Haul – Middle East/Africa award.

6. Qantas: Aussie airline Qantas is number six in this year’s ranking.

“Qatar Airways’ decision to remain operating through the pandemic meant that it became the world’s largest international airline and posted a huge profit — the only major airline to do so,” Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of told CNN Travel.

As well as profitability, says its team of editors also assessed each airline’s fleet age, environmental and safety credentials, passenger reviews and product offerings.’s top 20 airlines for 2022

1. Qatar Airways

2. Air New Zealand

3. Etihad Airways

4. Korean Air

5. Singapore Airlines

6. Qantas

7. Virgin Australia

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