The Airline Ratings site has just published its annual ranking of the best performing airlines in terms of safety. New this year, the health measures against Covid-19 are counted.
While the plane is the safest mode of transportation, not all airlines offer the same level of safety. AirlineRatings.com, an airline rating site created in 2013, annually establishes its ranking of the 20 best performing air carriers in terms of safety among the 385 analyzed.
In his 2021 winners, the Australian Qantas ranks first for the third year in a row, ahead of Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand. The top 20 grants six places to American companies (Alaska Airlines, Delta …) and devotes the other two big companies of the Gulf (Emirates and Etihad). On the European airlines side, British Airways (10th) is ahead of the Scandinavian SAS (16th), the Finnish (17th) Finnair, the German Lufthansa (18th) and the Dutch KLM (19th).
Top 20 safest airlines in the world, according to Airline Ratings:
- Qatar Airways
- New Zealand
- Singapore Airlines
- EVA Air
- Etihad Airways
- Alaska Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- British Airways
- Virgin Australia
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
Air France absent from the leading pack
To establish its classification, the site evaluates the age of the fleet, the number of accidents or serious incidents recorded and government and aviation industry audits. Health crisis requires, the measures put in place by companies to deal with Covid-19 constitute a new evaluation criterion.
Absent from the top 20, Air France is thus assigned a score of 7/7 in terms of safety, 5.5 / 7 in terms of service and 6/7 for the management of Covid-19. The lack of a sanitary kit given to passengers makes it lose one point in this category.
AirlineRatings.com has also established a ranking dedicated to low-cost airlines. In this top 10 are three European companies: easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air.