World’s Safest Airlines Announced for 2021

AirlineRatings.com, a highly respected industry organization that rates the safety and in-flight products of 385 airlines around the world, has released results of its airline safety survey for 2021.

A Qantas Boeing 787 sits at the Jet Base of Qantas at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia.

This year’s winner, not surprisingly, is Australian air carrier Qantas. As the world’s longest continuously operating airline having a 100-year history, Qantas has often been recognized as the leader in the development of navigation systems, real-time engine monitoring, and was instrumental in the development of flight data recorders that compile critical aircraft and flight crew performance information. Over the last 60 years Qantas has been either first or second to implement 16 crucial safety enhancements for the airline industry.

The 20 safest airlines according to AirlineRatings in numerical order based on their total safety scores are: 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. Ratings are calculated based on seven critieria including being industry safety leaders, innovation and the introduction of new aircraft (having a fleet that is considered young and modern).

AirlineRatings also named the top 10 safest low-cost airlines, making it clear that low-cost doesn’t necessarily correlate to lower safety. In alphabetical order these airlines are: Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyJet, Frontier Airlines, Jetstar Group, jetBlue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet and Wizz.

Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas noted, “All airlines have incidents every day and many are manufacture issues, not airline operation problems. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one.”

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: