by Tamara Hardingham-Gill | CNN
The past year has proved to be another incredibly difficult one for airlines as the slowdown in air travel due to the effects of the ongoing pandemic continued throughout 2021.
Even now, two years after COVID-19 was first brought to the attention of the world, there are still very few flights and passengers taking to the skies
The virus continues to dominate conversations about air safety, leading to some significant changes to the annual list of the world’s safest airlines. AirlineRatings.com, an airline safety and product review website.
This year, Air New Zealand has topped the annual safety table, which monitors 385 carriers around the world, which measures factors such as airlines’ crash and serious incident records, the age of their aircraft, as well as COVID-19. 19 Protocol and operational innovation.
Flag carrier airline for New Zealand was awarded first place “due to its excellent incident record, number of cockpit innovations, pilot training and very short fleet age”, according to Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Australian-based website.
Etihad Airways finished second, while Qatar Airways came third, 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 (with no clear winner in 2018).
Australia’s flag bearer is ranked seventh this time due to “a slight increase in incidence along with the age of the fleet”.
In October 2021, a Qantas Boeing is traveling from the Australian city of Perth to Adelaide in Western Australia was diverted due to fuel imbalance, in an incident classified as a “serious incident”.
Thomas explains, “The past two years have been extremely difficult for airlines with a reduction in travel due to COVID-19, and airline ratings editors have focused especially on the length that airlines can take to get pilots back before returning to service. undertaking to take it.”
“Air New Zealand is a leader in this area with extensive retraining.”
The airline has also been praised for being a world leader in operational safety advancements over the past four decades.
Its various initiatives include recently becoming one of the first airlines in the world Asia Apron test use of AI technology To improve the turn time of your aircraft.
“Air New Zealand has excelled across the broad safety spectrum, never losing sight of the smallest detail while taking care of its flight crew,” Thomas told CNN Travel.
On some occasions, AirlineRatings has selected only their winner’s name, before listing the rest of the top airlines alphabetically.
But the website recently opted to rank each of the top 20 airlines in numerical order, revealing some significant movement from year to year.
For example, Emirates was at number five 2021 list, but the UAE airline is listed at 20th position this year, while Southwest Airlines was ranked 13th in 2021 but does not figure in the new top 20 for 2022.
AirlineRatings.com has also compiled a list of the world’s safest budget airlines, listed alphabetically as they are once again ranked equal.
The top 10 safest low-cost airlines are: Elegant Air, EasyJet, Frontier Airlines, Jetstar Group, JetBlue, Ryanair, VietJet Air, Volaris, WestJet and Wiz 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
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