AirlineRatings.com keeps tabs on 385 carriers from across the globe, measuring factors including the airlines’ crash and serious incident records, and age of their aircraft.
AirlineRatings said, “The challenge this year was the number of airlines that were flying, although our Top 20 safest airlines have all continued to fly or had limited cessation of flights.”
For 2021, the airline safety and product review website awarded Qantas the top spot, highlighting the Aussie airline’s commitment to retraining pilots ahead of a return to service after time out during the pandemic.
AirlineRatings found that a Qantas 737 pilot must undergo a six-day course ahead of returning to the skies, including a day focused on wellbeing.
Qantas held the title of world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, AirlineRatings said it could find no clear winner and chose to rank its top 20 equally, but once again in 2019 and 2020, Qantas was crowned world’s safest carrier.