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The world’s only airline safety, product and COVID-19 rating website,, has recently evaluated the safest airlines across the globe for 2021. 

The site has announced the ‘Top Twenty Safest Airlines’, ‘Top Twenty COVID-19 Compliant Airlines, and ‘Top Ten Safest Low-Cost Airlines’ for this year. is solely dedicated to review and rate airline safety and products using its unique seven-star rating system.

The site monitors 385 airlines around the world.

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Top Twenty Safest Airlines

The website determined Australia-based Qantas to be the safest airline in the world for 2021. This marks the third consecutive year in which Qantas took the top spot in the list. 

Only one US-based carrier, Alaska Airlines, managed to secure a spot in the top ten. Overall, six US airlines made the list.

This is a notable improvement from 2020, in which only two US airlines made the list.

The rankings, in numerical order, are as follows:

Qantas, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, SAS, Finnair, Lufthansa, KLM, and United Airlines.

Though the rankings are graded 1-20, the site’s Editor-in-Chief, Geoffrey Thomas, indicates that all airlines that made the list are standouts in the industry and leaders of safety, innovation and launching of new aircraft.

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The evaluation for the rankings consisted of a criterion of factors including airline crash and serious incident records, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.

Thomas noted that serious incidents and how they were handled were heavily considered, stating:

“However all airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles these incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one.”

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Top Twenty COVID-19 Compliant Airlines

Surprisingly, 2021’s safest airline, Qantas, did not crack the list. Four US carriers, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, managed to get a spot.

The top twenty airlines for COVID-19 compliance, listed alphabetically, are as follows:

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.

The site’s Editor-in-Chief, Geoffrey Thomas, believes these airlines have gone above and beyond in protecting passengers or in adding flexibility, adding: 

“All these airlines have been trendsetters in making travel as safe as possible.”

Overall, the website notes that many airlines globally have aggressively adapted a COVID-19 action plan and have changed their policies to achieve the highest ranking of seven stars on the site.

Out of 430 airlines surveyed, 119 have attained a ranking of seven stars. 

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Contrastingly, 117 airlines currently have a zero-star rating for COVID-19 compliance or have no information on COVID-19 policies on their website.

For full compliance, the site requires the following seven criteria to be put in place by the airlines: 

  • Website information on COVID-19 procedures
  • Face masks for passengers
  • Personal protection equipment for the crew
  • Modified meal service
  • Deep clean of aircraft
  • Personal sanitizer kit
  • Social distancing onboarding
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Top 10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2021

The top ten safest low-cost airlines for 2021 includes US carrier JetBlue.

The full list, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Air Arabia, Allegiant, EasyJet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, JetBlue, Ryanair, Vietjet, WestJet, and Wizz.

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