Just in four months, year 2020 will be 2 years as most of us would love to forget about it. Airports were empty and flights were grounded all around the world. Boeing stocks slumped to $80 per share! As more people are getting vaccinated in their respective countries, borders are starting to open up. Travel is back again and aviation geeks like me love to spot some Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 from the ground.

Empty JFK terminal 1 during Pandemic
Canceled flights at JFK Terminal 4
Social Distancing signs

Airlines require a Covid test 72 -96 hours before the flight and countries like USA, UAE, Israel, New Zealand and Australia are racing to vaccinate most of their citizens.

% of fully vaccinated citizens
Vaccinated Nations

As travel has started again, these are the top 20 best airlines for 2021 according to AirlineRatings.com:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. Qantas
  5. Emirates
  6. Cathay Pacific
  7. Virgin Atlantic
  8. United Airlines
  9. EVA Air
  10. British Airways
  1. Lufthansa
  2. ANA
  3. Finnair
  4. Japan Air Lines
  5. KLM
  6. Hawaiian Airlines
  7. Alaska Airlines
  8. Virgin Australia
  9. Delta Air Lines
  10. Etihad Airways
Qatar Airways Boeing 777 at JFK
Air New Zealand in Auckland International Airport
Singapore Airlines at JFK taxing