Qualifying the incidence of fatal accidents and deaths in the last decade, pilot training, audits and, of course, the application of international standards against COVID-19. Guaranteeing that you will arrive safely at your destination.
While it is true that SARS-CoV-2 took us all by surprise, the tourism sector being one of the most affected globally, forcing the firm to suspend the 2020 ranking, it is also true that, with a pandemic or without it, the world keeps turning and people keep traveling.
So whether for pleasure, business or work, this list will undoubtedly be an indispensable tool, helping you decide which airline you should buy your next ticket.
Although the only surprise is that since the last ranking in 2019, the best airlines in the world, including Mexican ones, have become much safer, punctual, and efficient.
While those that occupied the last positions, have plummeted.
For the fourth year in a row, Qantas is the safest line in the world to travel in 2021 and it’s not for free. In its hundred-year history, the Australian-flagged airline has never had a catastrophic accident, it has not even reported deaths from outside causes in the air, accumulating truly amazing records for operations, safety, attention and punctuality.
And not only that, Qantas so knows that it is the best, that it developed the Future Air Navigation System’, a system for monitoring the engines of its entire fleet in real time, which records flight data to follow the aircraft and the subsequent performance of the crew and automatic landings.
If the airline has been characterized by something, it is for being the first to introduce the 16 main safety improvements in the last 60 years, including the safety of its passengers against COVID-19.
In addition to relevant considerations, Qantas intends to vaccinate all travelers, both domestic and international, before boarding the plane.
As if the Middle Eastern country has not grown enough in the last year, on the eve of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar Airways flirts with all footballers at heart by showing off as one of the best airlines in the world.
Airline Ratings certifies the airline with five stars, taking into account the quality of its airport, warmth on board and personal service, in addition to complying with each and every one of the international standards.
As part of the fight against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, Qatar Airways requires passengers traveling from certain gateways present a negative outcome of the medical test COVID RCP-19 to the register.
For its part, the airline promotes social distancing, as well as the use of a mask and face shield throughout the flight.
Air New Zealand
New Zealand has become the new promised land and to show a button. Air New Zeland, ranks third of the safest airlines to travel in 2021.
The editors of the Airline Ratings, took into account the history of accidents and incidents that is minimal.
According to the Dutch consultancy ‘To70’, incidents on commercial flights were reduced by more than 50% in 2020. Although the only strike, comes from the 257 registered deaths in the air. But don’t worry, this is equivalent to 0.18% of deaths per million flights.
In addition, the vast majority were caused by causes beyond the flight.
As additional security measures, all passengers arriving in New Zealand must register their managed seclusion accommodation and receive a coupon from the managed seclusion allocation system prior to check-in.
One of the spoiled by many, it crashes to tenth place this year. Although the British airline increased its fleet, it had a large number of non-critical incidents that literally sent it flying in the ranking of the safest airlines to travel in 2021.
However, the comfort, the service, punctuality and clear accounts, are important factors that help to counterbalance.
Likewise, the airline has become one of the most demanding in terms of COVID-19 tests, to such a degree that the tests have to be paid for and performed within the same airline and before boarding the plane.
The good news is that travelers can decide what type of test to take.
With over 65 years in business, Richard Branson not only became one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, but he also owns two of the safest airlines in the world.
‘Virgin Atlantic‘ which operates in the United Kingdom and ‘Virgin Australia’ stand out with seven stars thanks to the constant maintenance of its fleet, zero accidents or serious incidents, as well as space, cleanliness, punctuality and comfort, guaranteeing safety and pleasant trips.
As I was saying, this ranking leaves us with no surprises. Aeroméxico maintains excellence in safety and comfort issues, reaching seven stars.
An important fact is that the evaluations are carried out independently of the data provided by each airline.
While on issues of fighting the pandemic, Airline Ratings celebrates that it complies with all the provisions against COVID-19, such as social distancing in boarding, use of personal protection equipment for flight attendants, disinfectant kit for passengers and disinfection of aircraft among others.
For their part, the low-cost airlines ‘Volaris‘ and ‘Viva Aerobús‘ had a ruling in terms of serious incidents related to pilots and audits respectively, although this does not mean they are left out of the safest airlines to travel in 2021.
Although both comply with international standards against COVID-19, both were reprimanded for not providing a disinfectant kit to passengers.
As for Interjet, we better not even talk. Not for nothing is the airline going through one of the worst crisis in its history.
So, there is the list of the current safest airlines in the world. Consider them when flying out for the next time!