Qatar Airways has been named Best Airline in the World for 2017 by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax.
The Gulf-based carrier was presented with the honor at Tuesday’s World Airline Awards at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The other carriers to make the Skytrax top 10 include (in no particular order): Singapore, Hainan, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Garuda Indonesia, and EVA Air.
This is Qatar Airways’ fourth win in the last 10 years after securing the top spot in 2011, 2012, and 2015.
The airline reclaimed its crown after finishing second last year to Dubai-based rival Emirates.
Qatar Airways also took home the award for Best Business Class in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East.
The prestigious award is often referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry” and is a much needed bright spot during a tumultuous year for Qatar Airways.
The airline has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Middle Eastern neighbors. The dispute has resulted in Qatar Airways’ expulsion from major markets in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
These countries have also either severely restricted Qatar Airways’ access to or outright banned the airline from their airspace.
In addition, the Doha-based airline has been dealing with the financial fallout from travel and large electronics bans issued by the US and UK governments earlier this year.
Other winners include AirAsia for Best Low-Cost Airline in the World and Etihad for Best First Class in the World.
The Skytrax awards are decided based on independent surveys completed by 19.87 million passengers from 105 different countries around the world.