Qatar Airways has been named World’s Best Airline for 2017 by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax.
The Gulf-based carrier received the honor during Tuesday’s World Airline Awards at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
Other carriers that make Skytrax’s top 10 are (in no particular order): Singapore, Hainan, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Garuda Indonesia and EVA Air.
Air New Zealand did not make the top 10 and fell two places in its rankings from 2016. The flag carrier did not retain its awards for best premium economy cabin and premium economy seat.
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It is Qatar Airways’ fourth victory in the past 10 years after securing first place in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
The airline reclaimed its crown after finishing second last year behind Dubai-based rival Emirates.
Qatar Airways also won Best Business Class in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways flight QR920 arrived in Auckland after a 17.5-hour flight from Doha.
The prestigious award is often referred to as the “Oscars of the Aviation Industry” and is a much-needed bright spot in a tumultuous year for Qatar Airways.
QATAR IN CRISIS
The airline has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Middle Eastern neighbours. The dispute resulted in the expulsion of Qatar Airways from key markets in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
These countries have also severely restricted Qatar Airways’ access to or banned the airline from their airspace altogether.
In addition, the Doha-based airline has had to deal with financial fallout from travel and major electronics bans issued by the US and UK governments earlier this year.
Other winners include AirAsia for the world’s best low-cost airline and Etihad for the world’s best first class.
The Skytrax awards are given based on independent surveys of 19.87 million passengers from 105 different countries around the world.
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