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Revealed: the world’s best airlines in 2022

Airline rating site Skytrax took into account over 14 million customer reviews to come up with its annual ranking of the best carriers

Ed Cunningham
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All things considered, 2022 has been a pretty shoddy year for airlines and airports. Staff shortages have caused thousands of cancelled and delayed flights, enormous queues and mini mountains of lost luggage. And the chaos isn’t over yet: some airports and airlines predict that the disruption could last all the way until summer 2023.

Given all the bad stuff blighting the aviation industry at the mo, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to know which airlines are actually not having a bad time. In that regard, airline reviews and ratings site Skytrax held its annual awards in London last Friday (23 September), taking into account over 14 million customer surveys to reveal the world’s best airlines.

Top of this year’s Skytrax ranking came Qatar Airways, which boasted comfortable seats, high-quality food, up-to-date in-flight entertainment and a modern fleet. Qatar Airways is no stranger to taking the top spot in rankings of the world’s best airlines: back in July, it also topped a similar list by AirlineRatings.com.

Second in Skytrax’s list was Singapore Airlines, thanks to its gourmet dining and state-of-the-art entertainment systems, while third came Emirates due to its great customer service and clean, comfy planes.

There’s also much more to Skytrax’s annual awards than just a list of the top airlines. The company also releases separate rankings for dining, comfort, service, cleanliness and more. Irish budget airline Ryanair also had a surprise triumph – thanks to its reliability this summer, it was crowned Europe’s best low-cost airline.

Here are the top ten airlines right now, according to the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022.

  1. Qatar Airlines
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirates
  4. All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  5. Qantas Airways
  6. Japan Airlines
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. Air France
  9. Korean Air
  10. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)

It’s reassuring to know not all airlines are having a shitshow this year, isn’t it? You can read about Skytrax’s awards in more detail for yourself here.

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