AirlineRatings.com has released its top twenty safest airlines list with Air New Zealand taking the cake.
The list from the airline rating website in numerical order is:
Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, TAP Portugal, SAS, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, EVA Air, Virgin Australia/Atlantic, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Lufthansa/Swiss Group, Finnair, Air France/KLM Group, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Emirates.
AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas commended Air New Zealand for their achievement and discussed how it has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These airlines like Air New Zealand, have outstanding records and are at the forefront of safety,” said Thomas.
“Air New Zealand also has an extremely young fleet and its pilots fly in some of the most difficult conditions from windy Wellington to the Southern Alps.
“The last two years have been extremely difficult for airlines with COVID-19 slashing travel and Airline Ratings editors have particularly focused on the lengths airlines are undertaking to re-train pilots ahead of a return to service. Air New Zealand is a leader in this field with comprehensive retraining.
“Air New Zealand has also been a lead airline in many major operational safety advancements over the past 40 years,” Mr. Thomas said.
AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their Top Ten safest low-cost airlines.
These are in alphabetical order: Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Volaris, Westjet, and Wizz.
In arriving at its award winners, AirlineRatings.com editors and its industry advisors consider airline’s crash and serious incident record, fleet age, audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, operational innovation, COVID protocols, and balance sheet strength.