Are you planning a trip and want to ensure you're traveling with one of the safest airlines in the world? Look no further! AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual ranking of the safest airlines, taking into consideration factors such as the number of crashes and serious incidents over the past few years, industry audits, the average age of the fleet, pilot training programs, and COVID protocols.
So, which airlines made the list?
Coming in at number 8 is Alaska Airlines, the only U.S.-based airline to make the top 8. With over 44 million customers annually, Alaska Airlines serves 120 destinations across 5 countries with its fleet of 329 aircraft. The airline is also making headlines for being the first U.S. carrier to issue electronic bag tags and recently forming a partnership with Lyft to allow customers to earn miles when traveling with the ride-sharing service.
Next up is Emirates, a Dubai-based airline known for its exceptional service and comfort. Serving 19 million passengers each year, Emirates flies to 152 destinations across 6 continents and recently announced an investment of over $2 billion for onboard improvements, including new menus, specialized training for cabin crew, and upgraded cabin interiors.
TAP Air Portugal comes in at number 6 on the list, with a unique offering for travelers - a free city layover for up to 5 days in Lisbon or Porto when flights connect through either city.
Singapore Airlines, named the 5th best airline in the world by AirlineRatings, follows closely behind at number 5. Known for its innovation, comfort, and exceptional service, Singapore Airlines is a top choice for travelers.
At number 4 is Qatar Airways, a repeat winner of the "Airline of the Year" award at the World Airline Awards, with a total of 7 wins in the past 12 years. Known for its luxurious business class, Qatar Airways also offers discounted hotel rates for travelers with a minimum transit time of 12 hours and allows tourists to stay in Qatar for up to 4 nights at no extra cost.
Rounding out the top 3 is Etihad Airways, the UAE's second-largest airline. In addition to its safety record, Etihad Airways offers a range of amenities for travelers, including its "Flying Nanny" program for families with young children and its "Flying Pharmacist" program for travelers with special medical needs.
Coming in at number 2 is EVA Air, a Taiwan-based airline known for its high-quality service and comfortable seating options. In addition to its safety record, EVA Air has a variety of in-flight entertainment options and offers special meal options for travelers with dietary restrictions.
And the top spot on the list goes to Qantas, an Australian airline with a strong safety record. Qantas has not had a fatal accident in over 60 years of operation, making it one of the safest airlines in the world. In addition to its impeccable safety record, Qantas also boasts a modern fleet, excellent customer service, and a commitment to sustainability.
So, if you're looking to book your next vacation and want to prioritize safety, consider choosing one of these top 8 safest airlines. From Alaska Airlines, the only US-based airline to make the list, to the luxurious and award-winning Singapore Airlines, you'll have plenty of options for a safe and enjoyable travel experience.
As always, it's important to do your own research and make informed decisions about your travel plans. Check out AirlineRatings.com for more information on the safety ratings of different airlines and be sure to review travel advisories and COVID-19 protocols before booking your trip. With a little bit of planning, you can have a safe and stress-free vacation.