The world's safest airlines for 2021 revealed - CNN
(CNN) — There may have been far fewer airplanes in the skies this past year, but if you’re looking ahead to future travel, you might take heed of the latest rankings of the world’s safest airlines from AirlineRatings.com.

AirlineRatings.com keeps tabs on 385 carriers from across the globe, measuring factors including the airlines’ crash and serious incident records, and age of their aircraft.

“The challenge this year was the number of airlines that were flying, although our Top 20 safest airlines have all continued to fly or had limited cessation of flights,” AirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas tells CNN Travel.

For 2021, the airline safety and product review website awarded Aussie airline Qantas the top spot.

AirlineRatings highlighted Qantas’ commitment to retraining pilots ahead of a return to service after time out during the pandemic. AirlineRatings found that a Qantas 737 pilot must undergo a six day course ahead of returning to the skies, including a day focused on wellbeing.

Winning streak

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Qantas hit the headlines in 2020 for flying a sold-out flight to nowhere.

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Qantas held the title of world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, AirlineRatings said it could find no clear winner and chose to rank its top 20 equally, but once again in 2019 and 2020 Qantas was crowned world’s safest carrier.

On some previous occasions, AirlineRatings has chosen its winner and then listed the rest of the top airlines alphabetically.

But for 2021, the website has ranked each of the top 20 airlines in numerical order. Qatar Airways takes the number two spot, while Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Emirates round out the top five.

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