SkyTrax has named the 20 best airlines of 2022. Their top 4 world airlines are all greats, though we can quibble about the order. Qatar Airways, ANA, Singapore and Emirates are very good airlines. This new list is gaining a lot of traction and publicity, but dig a little deeper and it gets absurd.
- There’s no universe in which Qantas is a top 5 world airline. They’ve been an operational mess coming out of the pandemic, with broad calls for the CEO’s resignation from prominent voices in Australia. And it wasn’t a top 10 world airline even before that.
Qantas Airbus A380
- China Southern and Hainan Airlines in the world’s top 15 carriers? With China’s lockdowns I wonder how Skytrax even claims to have assessed this. Maybe they’re hoping for benefit of the doubt because few outside the country have recent experience with them. But to list China Southern ahead of EVA Air and Cathay Pacific?
Cathay Pacific First Class
- For that matter, British Airways as number 11 – nearly cracking their world’s top 10 – ahead of EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Delta (which gets ranked 24th) or Oman Air.
EVA Air Business Class
There are other categories beyond best airline in the world. In order to give out lots of trophies they have a best low cost airline category in both the U.S. and North America (which includes the U.S.) and Southwest wins both though they aren’t really a low cost carrier.
Oddly United Airlines wins best business class lounge in North America, when there’s no question that Air Canada Signature Suites offer better dining than Polaris lounges.
Air Canada Signature Suite Vancouver
SkyTrax offers consulting services to airlines. They once gave Lufthansa a 5 star rating for announcing a new business class seat, even while describing the necessity of consistency across a fleet to do well in their rankings. I haven’t generally thought much of their announcements. This new list fails to shift my mental model.