Qantas Is Named World’s Safest Airline

Despite there being far fewer flights since the COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas has been named the World’s Safest Airline for 2021 by AirlineRatings.com.  Since 2014, the Australian airline has been named the world’s safest airline every year. Except in 2018, when it shared the title with 19 other companies.

AirlineRatings reviews 385 different airlines when making its top twenty list. The list is based on a number of different factors including crashes, serious incidents, industry and government safety reports, and how old each airline’s planes are.

The Facts Behind Qantas

Qantas is the flag carrier of Australia, with its headquarters close to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney. Qantas made it’s international debut on the Darwin – Singapore route in May 1935 on a De Havilland 86. The trip took almost 2 days with a stopover in Rambang, Indonesia.

It is the second oldest continuously operating airline in the world. Qantas usually known as the “Flying Kangaroo” because of its logo. This is identified as a white kangaroo on a red triangle.

Qantas has 18 domestic destinations  and 23 international destinations in 15 countries. Qantas has been flying for over 100 years. Thus making it one of the world’s oldest airlines. But it also has a history of embracing new ideas and technology.

Qantas even gave more training to some of its pilots who didn’t fly during the pandemic. After the break, Qantas’ Boeing 737 pilots had to do a six-day training course before they were allowed to fly again.

Other Safe Airlines

The world’s second safest airline for 2021 is Qatar Airways. Air New Zealand is in third place, with Singapore Airlines in fourth and Emirates in fifth place.

Some airlines that were on the top twenty safest airlines list in 2020 weren’t on it this year. These were TAP Portugal, Ireland’s Aer Lingus, Swiss International Air Lines, and Royal Jordanian.