AirlineRatings.com has compiled the Top-20 safest network airlines 2021 from the 385 different airlines it monitors. In making its evaluation of the safest airlines, the site considers a comprehensive range of factors. The criteria include airline’s crash and serious incident record, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.
Top-20 network airlines
AirlineRatings.com lists the 20 carriers in numerical order: Qantas, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, 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.
The site only looks at serious incidents in making its determinations. These 20 carriers are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft. Between them there is very little difference in terms of safety.
Of course, the fact that the editors of AirlineRatings.com name Qantas as the world’s safest airline for 2021 has nothing to do with the fact that the site is located in Australia. They note that over its 100-year history the world’s oldest, continuously operating carrier has amassed a truly amazing record of firsts in operations and safety. And it is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.
Which is the oldest?
However, they seem to overlook the fact that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has more reason to claim to be the world’s oldest airline. It was founded on October 5, 1919, so it has a 101-year history.
All airlines have incidents every day. But many are aircraft manufacture issues rather than airline operational problems, according to the site. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that differentiates a good airline from an unsafe one.
Top-10 low-cost carriers
AirlineRatings.com also identifies their Top-10 safest low-cost carriers. They present those airlines in alphabetical order: Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyJet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, JetBlue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz Air.
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