World’s Safest Airlines ; Qantas tops once again as safest airline for 2021

by Christine Wells
January 04, 2021
Safest Airlines

Qantas has been put at the top of the list of the safest airlines in the world for 2021 by, the world’s only safety, product, and COVID-19 rating website. has also announced its Top Twenty safest airlines and Ten Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2021 from the 385 it monitors.

Evaluating Factors of the Safest Airlines in the World

In making its evaluation of the safest airlines in the world, takes into account a comprehensive range of factors that include: airline’s crash and serious incident record, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.

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In selecting Qantas as the world’s safest airline for 2021, editors noted that over its 100-year history the world’s oldest continuously operating airline has amassed a truly amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.*

The Australian airline has been a clear leader in the development of Future Air Navigation System; real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet, the flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance; automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in the cloud using RNP.

Qantas has been first or second to introduce the 16 major safety enhancements introduced in the past 60 years.

The Top Twenty safest airlines have always been at the forefront of safety innovation, launching new aircraft and they have become a byword for excellence.

The Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2021

We’ve also made a top 20 list of the world’s safest airlines for this year.

They are the who’s who of airlines and are in numerical order: 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.

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According to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, these airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.

“In fact, there is very little between the top 20, they are all standouts,” Mr. Thomas said.

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Top 10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2021

Responding to the public interest, the editors also identified their Top 10 safest & best low-cost airlines. Here they are in alphabetical order:

Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz.

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Mr. Thomas said the site only looked at serious incidents in making its determinations.

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems,” he said. “It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one.”

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AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety and in-flight product of 385 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system. It has been used by millions of passengers from 195 countries and has become the industry standard for safety, product and COVID-19 rating.

*British Advertising Standards Association ruling 2008