Qantas Airlines has earned the title of the world’s safest airline in 2021, according to rankings released this week by AirlineRatings.com, an airline product and safety group which monitors 385 different carriers worldwide.
This is the sixth time in seven years Qantas has topped the list. The only exception was in 2018, when editors could not identify a difference between the top carriers and rated the top 20 equally.
“Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era,” editor Geoffrey Thomas said in announcing the list. “But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”
Here is AirlineRatings.com’s full list of the top 20 safest airlines for 2021:
- Qantas Airlines
- 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 Air Lines
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
AirlineRatings.com, launched in 2013, ranks the safety of airlines using a seven-star rating system. They take crash and incident records, private and governmental audits, safety initiatives, and fleet age into account.
“All airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems,” Thomas said. “It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one.”
With affordable travel becoming a major part of the airline industry, the site also released its list of the 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2021.
That list is ranked alphabetically and includes Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz.
A major difference in this year’s rankings was the inclusion of coronavirus protocols. It included how each carrier addressed the pandemic as part of its overall rankings, and released a separate