Man, I just want to hop on an airplane and go somewhere — anywhere really. But, like going to restaurants, visiting friends and family, and skipping around to different theme parks, airline travel is currently frowned upon.
We USED to talk about safety when we hopped on an airplane, but it was a different kind of safety, AMIRITE? We definitely don’t want any “incidents” to happen while we are 29-million feet up in the air.
AirlineRatings.com just released their list of safest airlines for 2021. They measure things like number of crashes, how old the aircrafts are, audits done by different agencies, and how many “incidents” occur with the airplanes.
I don’t know about you, but these are all things I would HOPE companies would take into account when measuring the safety of flying.
You might be surprised by the results.
For the 2021 year, AirlineRatings.com awarded the top spot to Qantas Airlines, an Australian company.
AirlineRatings highlighted Qantas’ 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 wellbeingCNN
I was SHOCKED to find that there was not one single American airline company in the top 5!!
So, what about the other 15 airlines? According to AirlineRatings.com, they are as follows:
Cathay Pacific Airways,
Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic,
Delta Air Lines,
So, basically, my go-to airlines either are not on the list, or they are in the bottom 8. Yikes!
You might be interested to know that AirlineRatings also rated the top low-cost airlines for safety in 2021. Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz are the companies that made the list.
As far as COVID safety, AirlineRatings made ANOTHER list of the safest COVID-compliant airlines. They are, in alphabetical order, Air Baltic, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, AirAsia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Jetblue, KLM, Korean Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Qatar Airways and Westjet.