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A new ranking of the world's best airlines in 2021 does not include a single Canadian company.

As air travel begins to make a comeback, airline safety and product rating agency AirlineRatings.com has released its annual round-up of the most impressive carriers worldwide.

The ranking is based on things like the age of an airline's fleet, how passengers reviewed their experience and the products and services provided. For 2021, each airlines' COVID-19 response was considered, too.

It was Qatar Airways that took the top spot, closely followed by Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates.

Rounding off the top ten were Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, EVA Air and British Airways.

None of Canada's carriers made it into the top twenty, either. However, airlines like Lufthansa, ANA, Finnair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways did make the cut.

Per the ranking, airlines must achieve a "seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort" in order to make the top 20.

In a 2020 ranking of the safest airlines in the world, Canadian carrier WestJet did make the top ten.

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