Revealed: The world’s top airlines for 2022 and where Ryanair and Aer Lingus rank

Qatar Airways was voted the best airline in the world for the seventh consecutive year, in a list compiled from millions of consumer surveys around the world.

Airline rating website Skytrax announced the results of its World Airline Awards at a ceremony in London, naming Qatar overall winner in all categories, as well as individual winners for Best Cabin Crew, Business Class and Low-Cost Airline.

Singapore Airlines took second place in the list, followed by Emirates in third place.

Ryanair was named the best low-cost airline in Europe and the fourth best low-cost airline in the world after AirAsia, Scoot and Southwest.

It ranks 40th in the overall list of The 100 best airlines in the worldup from 57th last year.

Aer Lingus fell eight places from 46th to 54th in the 2022 overall rankings.

Top 20 Airlines 2022:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirates
  4. ANA (all Nippon Airways)
  5. QantasAirways
  6. Japan Airlines
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. AirFrance
  9. Korean air
  10. Swiss International Airlines
  11. British Airways
  12. Etihad Airways
  13. China Southern Airlines
  14. Hainan Airlines
  15. Lufthansa
  16. Cathay Pacific Airways
  17. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  18. EVA air
  19. Virgin Atlantic
  20. Vistara

Skytrax bases its annual ranking on more than 13 million customer surveys from more than 100 countries, with this year’s surveys conducted between September 2021 and August 2022.

It was the first in-person award for the brand since 2019, with ceremonies taking place virtually online in both 2020 and 2021.

Qatar Airways was praised for its “high standards” and commitment of its staff to customer satisfaction, with Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted saying the seventh consecutive win was a “unique and remarkable achievement”.

“Qatar Airways has been the largest airline to fly continuously throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with its network never falling below 30 destinations, and that determination was clearly recognized by customers with this award,” he added.

Both Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines received nine awards at the event, with Singapore employees being recognized as Best Cabin Crew, Qatar as Best Business Class and both as Best Airline in their region.

Not only did Emirates take third place overall, it was also named the world’s best economy class, and Singapore Airlines’ sub-brand, Scoot, was named best low-cost long-haul airline.

British Airways remained at number 11, the same position as last year, while Virgin Atlantic landed at number 19, up five places on the list from last year.

The British airline took home the awards for the best cabin crew in Europe, while Virgin was recognized for the best business class lounge and the world’s best premium economy offering.

Qatar Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Being recognized as the best airline in the world has always been a goal when Qatar Airways was founded, but to win it for the seventh time and receive three more awards is one Proof of all the hard work of our incredible employees.

“Their ongoing commitment and drive is to ensure our passengers have the best possible experience when flying with Qatar Airways. Winning these awards in the same year that we celebrate our 25th anniversary is even more rewarding and I want to say a sincere thank you to all of our passengers who voted for us.”

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    – Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile Revealed: The world’s top airlines for 2022 and where Ryanair and Aer Lingus rank

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