Although half of last year had all the airlines of the world grounded, the latter part of 2020 saw borders open and the air carriers took off again.
If travel is on your 2021 list, then you might want to look at Airlineratings.com’s latest rankings of the world’s top 20 safest airlines this new year.
Qantas clinched the title of the world’s safest airline for the third consecutive year. The Australian flag carrier and the country’s largest airline by fleet size has been at the fore in implementing 16 major safety enhancements introduced in the last 60 years.
“Qantas has been the leader airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the pure jet era,” said Airlineratings Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. Per cnbc.com, Qantas, the world’s third oldest carrier suffered crashes of small aircraft before 1951, but has had no fatalities in the 70 years since.
Photo: Qatar Airways
Photo: Qatar Airways
Rank two is secured by Qatar Airways and number three is Air New Zealand, followed by Singapore Airlines and Emirates closing the top five list.
Airlineratings further ranked the remaining safest airlines in a numerical order –  rounding up with EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, SAS, Finnair, Lufthansa, KLM, and United Airlines.
Alaska Airlines is the the only US carrier that made it to top 10 rankings, while Middle East’s three leading airlines Qatar, Etihad and Emirates dominate the top 10, too.
Singapore Airlines' crew
Photo: Singapore Airlines
“Most major airlines have aggressively implemented COVID-19 action plan and we’ve been surprised at how quickly some have achieved full compliance.” Said Thomas and added that, “For instance, Qatar Airways has provided face shields as well as masks and Emirates introduced COVID-19 health insurance and individual health kits.”
The seven-year old AirlineRatings takes 385 airlines into account to rate their safety, in-flight product and Covid-19 compliance factors. It scores the airlines under its unique seven-star rating system.
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