Air travel has taken a backseat ever since the pandemic broke out. However, things are slowly bouncing back to normalcy with countries and airlines resuming operations. And with this, safety during air travel has become a top priority. Airlineratings.com has revealed the list of world’s best airlines for 2021 and UAE’s Etihad and Emirates airlines have made the cut.
UAE’s Emirates & Etihad Airways Bagged The 5th & 20th Positions
Airlines.com compiled a list of the world’s top 20 airlines. The survey took into consideration several criteria including the age of fleet, passenger reviews and product offerings. This year, airlines were also assessed based on their response to the covid-19 pandemic and how they handled it. Taking into account all this, Qatar airlines bagged the first place, pushing out Air New Zealand.
UAE’s Emirates airline bagged the fifth position, while Etihad retained its 20th spot.
Top 20 Airlines 2021
1. Qatar (Qatar)
2. Air New Zealand (New Zealand)
3. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
4. Qantas (Australia)
5. Emirates (UAE)
6. Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
7. Virgin Atlantic (UK)
9. Eva Air (Taiwan)
10. British Airways (UK
11. Lufthansa (Germany)
12. ANA (Japan)
13. Finnair (Finland)
14. Japan Airlines (Japan)
15. KLM (the Netherlands)
16. Hawaiian Airlines (US)
17. Alaska Airlines (US)
18. Virgin Australia (Australia)
19. Delta Air Lines (US)
20. Etihad Airways (UAE)
Emirates & Etihad Named World’s Safest Airlines
Earlier in January this year, Airlineratings.com revealed the list of safest airlines for 2021 and Emirates and Etihad airlines made the cut. Qantas, Australia’s largest airline and the country’s flag carrier was ranked first by airlineratings.com. The airline operated fewer flights in 2020. However, it is set to begin selling tickets on almost all international routes again from July 1, 2021.
Dubai’s Emirates ranked as the fifth safest airline in 2020 and Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, was listed in seventh position.
When it came to pointers to be considered for the rating, the airline safety website considered serious incidents airlines were involved in over the past 12 months. The worst air disaster that happened in 2020 was the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 in Iran in January that killed 176 people. Pakistan International Airlines was the second highest with 98 people dying in a fatal crash in May 2020. An Air India Express crash killed 21 in August.
The total number of air disasters in 2020 came to 40. This was lower than 2019- where 86 incidents were recorded. According to aviation consulting firm To70, the death rate per incidence was higher with 299 people killed in 2020. This increase was despite the number of commercial flights falling by an estimated 42%, according to Flightradar24.