Australian airline Qantas is the world's safest airline for travel in 2021, according to AirlineRatings – the world's leading airline safety review website.
This is the third year in a row that Qantas has won the title.
In its annual review, AirlineRatings announced the top 20 safest airlines as well as the top Covid-compliant airlines for this year out of the 385 airlines it monitors.
Coming second in the list of the safest airlines was Qatar Airways came, followed by Air New Zealand in third. Singapore Airlines was named fourth as Emirates came fifth.
Making up the rest of the top 10 was EVA Air (6th), Etihad Airways (7th), Alaska Airlines (8th), Cathay Pacific Airways (9th), and British Airways (10th).
The website's editors along with its industry advisers took a number of factors into account to make the safety and product ratings.
These included audits from aviation's governing bodies and leading associations; government audits; airline's crash and serious incident record, fleet age, financial position and pilot training and culture.
AirlineRatings.com's editors only look at serious incidents to make its decision as it says all airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues instead of airline operational problems.
It is down to the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one, according to those at the website.
Talking about the ratings, Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief, said: "Australia’s Qantas has been recognised by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline.
"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 pure-jet era."
The airline was also praised by Thomas for its commitment in retraining pilots who have returned to the skies after the coronavirus pandemic by offering them a six-day course with one day focused on wellbeing.
Airlines were also assessed on their Covid-19 protocol across a number of factors, including the airlines' website information on coronavirus, the supply of face masks for passengers and PPE for crew, the change of meal services, deep cleaning of the aircraft, the supply of personal sanitiser kit, and social distancing on board.
It was determined that the top 20 Covid-compliant airlines are, in alphabetical order: Air Baltic, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, AirAsia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Jetblue, KLM, Korean Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Qatar Airways and Westjet.
Mr Thomas added that in the era of Covid-19 "all these airlines have been trendsetters in making travel as safe as possible".
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