Ryanair soars to a seven-star airline

by Christine Forbes Smith
August 06, 2020

Ryanair one of the industry’s leading low-cost airlines is now rated as a seven-star airline for safety by global rating agency AirlineRatings.com

After consultation with the industry, the world’s most respected airline rating agency has refined its safety rating criteria to move the focus from audits to real-world outcomes in pilot performance.

In an industry first, AirlineRatings.com has examined over 11,000 serious incident reports since 2015 to arrive at an incident rating for airlines. Incidents and crashes now account for five of the seven-star ratings.

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Ryanair has had a fatality-free record since it was formed in 1985.

AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said; “Ryanair’s safety record is superb and at every touchpoint passenger safety is paramount.”

“Our refined safety rating system recognizes the achievements of airlines such as Ryanair that have perfect fatality free records,” said Mr. Thomas.

“There is growing concern industry-wide at some pilot performance issues and we have evolved our rating system to put greater focus on outcomes.”


“With Ryanair, we found an extremely low incident rate and virtually none attributable to pilots.”

“That performance and its COVID-19 compliance for passengers gains Ryanair the top safety rating of seven-stars,” said Mr. Thomas.

Its fleet is built around the top-selling Boeing 737-800NG.

“The 737 is the world’s most reliable aircraft,” said Mr, Thomas.

The airline is also at the forefront with COVID-19 protocols to protect crew and passengers.

Below is the airline’s instructive video on COVID-19 measures.