Before you read this, just wondering No. 1 for what, just asking. So, Qatar Airways was tabbed as the world’s best airline in 2017,
According to the annual World Airline Awards published by Skytrax. Qatar’s title continues a back-and-forth battle for No. 1 between it and Gulf rival Emirates, also known for its high-end service and luxurious premium cabins. Emirates finished atop Skytrax’s World Airline Awards last year, when it took the top spot back from Qatar Airways. This year, Emirates dropped to No. 4, placing behind No. 2 Singapore Airlines and No. 3 All Nippon Airways (ANA). Cathay Pacific rounded out the top five of the ratings, which were announced on the sidelines of the biennial Paris Air Show.
In North America, Air Canada took the title for “Best Airline in North America.” Overall-really? The carrier placed 29th in the global ratings. Delta was the top ranked U.S. carrier in the World Airline Awards-after altercations with passengers-WOW, placing 32nd overall. Virgin America, which had the highest rating among U.S. carriers in 2016, dropped 18 spots to No. 43. That made it fourth among U.S. carriers in the ratings, trailing Delta, Alaska Airlines (No. 36 globally) and JetBlue (No. 39). Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America in a deal that closed late last year, kicking off a merger that will eventually have both carriers flying under the Alaska Airlines brand.
The Skytrax awards are one of several annual consumer-focused rankings covering the airline industry. Travel + Leisure magazine’s ratings are due out later this summer, when the magazine will reveal if Singapore Airlines has retained its title as the world’s top carrier in that list. Emirates was the runner-up in those ratings while Qatar Airways placed third. The group says 19.87 million eligible survey entries were counted in the final 2017 results. The survey period stretched from August 2016 through May 2017 and included participation from travelers of 105 nationalities. More than 325 airlines were included in the survey-wondering how United ranked-not really.
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