(DailyExpertNews) — The past year has again proved to be an incredibly difficult year for airlines as the slump in air traffic continued into 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic.
Even now, two years after Covid-19 was first brought to the world’s attention, there are still far fewer flights and passengers taking to the skies
This year, Air New Zealand tops the annual safety chart, which monitors 385 airlines from around the world and measures factors such as the number of airlines’ crashes and serious incidents, the age of their aircraft and Covid-19 protocols and operational innovation. .
Qantas has lost the top spot on AirlineRatings.com’s list of the world’s safest airlines.
According to Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Australia-based website, New Zealand’s flag carrier was awarded first place “for its excellent incident record, number of cockpit innovations, pilot training and very low fleet age”.
Etihad Airways finished in second place, while Qatar Airways finished in third place, with Singapore Airlines and TAP Portugal taking fourth and fifth place respectively.
Notably missing from the top five is Qantas, which held the title of the world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017, as well as from 2019 to 2021 (no clear winner could be found in 2018).
The Australian flag carrier takes seventh place this time around due to a “slight increase in incidents coupled with the age of the fleet.”
“The past two years have been extremely difficult for airlines with Covid-19 travel and Airline Ratings editors have focused mainly on airlines’ efforts to retrain pilots before they can be rehired,” explains Thomas. .
“Air New Zealand is a leader in this field with extensive retraining.”
UAE airline Emirates ranked 20th on the list, which monitors 385 airlines from around the world.
The airline has also been acclaimed for being a global leader in operational safety improvements for the past four decades.
“Air New Zealand has excelled across the broad safety spectrum, never losing sight of the smallest details, while caring for its flight crews who have been working under significant stress,” Thomas told DailyExpertNews Travel.
In some cases, AirlineRatings has chosen to simply name the winner before listing the rest of the top airlines alphabetically.
But the website recently chose to rank each of the top 20 airlines in numerical order, revealing significant movement from year to year.
AirlineRatings.com has also compiled a list of the world’s safest budget airlines, which have been reordered alphabetically as they are ranked equally.
The top 10 safest low cost airlines are: Allegiant Air, easyJet, Frontier Airlines, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet Air, Volaris, Westjet and Wizz Air.
AirlineRatings.com’s Safest Airlines for 2022:
1. Air New Zealand
2. Etihad Airways
3. Qatar Airways
4. Singapore Airlines
5. TAP Air Portugal
8. Alaska Airlines
9. EVA Air
10. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
11. Cathay Pacific Airways
12. Hawaiian Airlines
13. American Airlines
17. British Airways
18. Delta Air Lines
19. United Airlines