The world’s best airlines have been revealed for 2021
After a year of cancellations, refund requests and the grounding of entire fleets, AirlineRatings.com has announced the world’s best airlines.
Qatar Airways took out the top spot, while Air New Zealand fell to second.
Air New Zealand has topped the list in previous years. Singapore Airlines came in third, after finishing first in 2019.
Geoffrey Thomas is the editor-in-chief at AirlineRatings.com, who says Qatar Airways’ response to the pandemic sealed the deal for the top spot.
“Qatar Airways has always featured highly in our rankings, winning various awards such as Best Business Class but it was the airline’s commitment to keeping its route network largely open that attracted the judges’ praise and votes.”
Mr. Thomas says the airline’s repatriation flights, and ongoing safety commitment during the pandemic secured the airline its top ranking.
Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, EVA Air and British Airways round out the top 10.
The judges focus on a range of key factors. But the financial impacts of Covid-19 on the industry led to experts dropping the profitability category.
“We had to drop that this year because virtually all airlines are losing money,” Mr. Thomas says.
The rankings are usually announced in November. But Covid-19 forced the aviation safety and rating agency to postpone the rankings.
Mr Thomas says the prolonged world’s best airlines rankings allowed his company to “see how the industry would handle the pandemic over a longer period of time before making selections”.
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Shoppers angered at major U.S. retailer’s “unchanged” Black Friday sales
Target in the United States has come under scrutiny for offering identical prices in its ‘Black Friday deals’ as those available throughout the year.
Shoppers are left perplexed by the lack of discounts, with many questioning the authenticity of the so-called Black Friday bargains.
Concerns arose when savvy consumers noticed that the prices of various products in Target’s Black Friday promotion were the same as those listed in previous months.
Shoppers took to social media to voice their frustrations, with one customer stating, “It’s the same, I don’t get it.” This revelation has raised questions about the transparency and ethics of retailers during the holiday shopping season.
While Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping frenzy, with retailers offering significant discounts to entice shoppers, Target’s decision to maintain regular prices has left shoppers wondering if they are truly getting a deal.
This has led to a broader discussion about the consumer experience during Black Friday and whether the shopping event has lost its original appeal.
With the rise of online shopping and increased competition among retailers, consumers are more price-conscious than ever.
Target’s pricing strategy has ignited a debate about the future of Black Friday and whether it can continue to attract shoppers with unchanged prices. As the holiday season unfolds, consumers are left to decide whether to seek out genuine deals or shop elsewhere.
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