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Revealed: the world’s best airlines for 2022

The ranking rates airlines based on customer reviews, safety ratings, fleet age and more

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Given the thousands of lost bags and huge number of flight delays and cancellations, you’d be forgiven for looking at the current airport chaos and wanting to avoid it as much as humanly possible. And picking the right airline – if you’ve got that option – can go a long way to making sure your flight isn’t just clean and safe but reliable, too.

If you’re on the hunt for the best airlines around right now, well, we might just have an answer. A new ranking from has weighed up stuff like customer reviews, safety ratings, fleet age and environmental commitments to come up with 2022’s best airlines in the world.

While’s ranking is very much about the bigger picture – and so doesn’t take into account the recent months of delays and cancellations in many parts of the world – it still helps to know which airlines are, overall, a bit more dependable than others.

According to the study, the best airline for 2022 is… Qatar Airways! The Qatari national carrier was praised for the quality of its overall product and its commitment to keeping critical long-haul routes running during the pandemic. Second came Air New Zealand, touted for having the best ‘premium economy’ service in the world, followed by Etihad, which was commended for leading the way with more environmentally-friendly planes. 

Here’s the full list of the ten best airlines in the world in 2022, according to

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Etihad Airways
  4. Korean Air
  5. Singapore Airlines
  6. Qantas
  7. Virgin Australia
  8. EVA Air
  9. Turkish Airlines
  10. All Nippon Airways

And if some of those sound out of your price bracket, also ranks the best low-cost airlines in each global region. This year, that’s Southwest (Americas), easyJet (Europe), Jetstar (Asia/Pacific) and Fly Dubai (Middle East).

If you’re interested in getting really stuck into the pros and cons of your chosen carrier, you can read the details on’s ranking here.

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