Qatar Airways has unseated Air New Zealand as the world’s best carrier, as judged by AirlineRatings.com. The Australia-based aviation specialist site also awarded Qatar the best Middle East airline, best catering and best business class. Qatar Airways this year beat out Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Qantas for the top award. Qantas, won best domestic airline service, and best lounges while Singapore Airlines picked up best first Class. Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said receiving the awards by AirlineRatings was particularly special for his airline.