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Qantas and Air New Zealand Top “World’s Safest Airlines” List

Qantas and Air New Zealand Top “World’s Safest Airlines” List
Joe Cortez

In the 2021 list of “World’s Safest Airlines,” Australian carrier Qantas once again took the top spot. The annual list issued by evaluates air operators in a number of categories, including crash and incident reports, safety initiatives and fleet age.

When it comes to rating the world’s safest airlines, one carrier is clearly flying above all others. In the 2021 edition of the annual list from, Australian carrier Qantas took the top spot once again, with neighboring airline Air New Zealand coming in third.

Safest Airlines Rate Operational Safety and Innovation on Multiple Factors

For the 2021 edition of the “World’s Safest Airline” list, editors of say they looked at a number of operational categories. The areas investigated include crashes and serious incident records, safety initiatives, fleet age and government audits.

According to the site, Qantas was named at the top of the list for another year based on “a truly amazing record of firsts in operations and safety.” Calling the carrier “the industry’s most experienced airline,” writers lauded Qantas for their work on the Future Air Navigation System, using flight data recorder information to monitor aircraft and crew performance, and using Global Navigation Satellite Systems for automatic landings.

Joining Qantas at the top is Qatar Airways in second, neighboring carrier Air New Zealand in third, with Singapore Airlines and Emirates rounding out the top five. Among U.S. based airlines, Alaska Airlines was ranked the highest worldwide in seventh, followed by Hawaiian Airlines in 11th. In order: Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines were all rated in the global top 20.

Among low-cost carriers, four North American airlines made the global top-10 safety list. Without giving a specific ranking, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue and Canadian carrier WestJet were named among the safest global low-cost carriers.

Safety Ratings Omit COVID-19 Protocols in Rankings

While the website notes they also provide a “COVID-19 rating” for airlines, it’s unclear if airline protocols to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus were factored into the safety ratings. Although nearly every airline has adopted face covering requirements for flyers, some have added additional layers of protection. American is making pre-flight COVID-19 exams available for all flyers, Delta introduced an exam for those with conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering, while JetBlue worked with governments to open tourist travel through tests.

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  1. cmd320

    January 4, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Well, if Allegiant is in the top 10 we can automatically discredit this.

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