20 safest airlines for 2021
All airlines face minor incidents on a daily basis, mostly related to the manufacture of aircraft and engines. The way the flight crew deals with these problems is what separates safe carriers from dangerous ones.
These are the safest airlines in the new year:
- Qatar Airways
- Air New Zealand
- Singapore Airlines
- EVA Air
- Etihad Airways
- Alaska Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- British Airways
- Virgin Australia / Virgin Atlantic
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- American Airlines
- SAS Scandinavian
- United Airlines
According to Airlineratings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, these airlines have been leaders in safety innovation, operational excellence and the launch of new and more advanced aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 for many years.
Australian Qantas has been a leading airline in almost all major safety innovations for the past 60 years, Thomas explains, but adds that Qantas is not the only one; long-standing airlines such as Hawaiian or Finnair also have perfect results.
Airlineratings.com - evaluation logic
When selecting the safest airlines, the editors of Airlineratings.com analyze airline’s crash and serious incident record, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.
Thomas further explained that all airlines face minor incidents on a daily basis, mostly related to the manufacture of aircraft and engines. The way the flight crew deals with these problems is what separates safe carriers from dangerous ones.
Last year, AirlineRatings.com introduced Covid-19 compliance as an additional safety measure, checking the use of protective masks, daily deep cleaning of aircraft, protective equipment for flight crew, sanitary packages for passengers and changes in food services to improve hygiene .
10 safest low cost airlines
AirlineRatings.com has also compiled a list of the safest low-cost airlines. Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyJet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, jetBlue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet and Wizz Air were ranked among the top 10 in alphabetical order.
Worst rated airlines
A few airlines were awarded one star for safety - these were Nepal Airlines, Iran Aseman Airlines, Blue Wing (Suriname), Air Blue (Pakistan), Scat (Kazakhstan), Air Algerie (Algeria) and Pakistan International Airlines. The latter airline had its second deadliest incident in 2020, when an Airbus A320 crashed near Karachi in May, killing 98 people.
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