PRODUCT review and aviation safety website AirlineRatings.com released its 2022 list of safest airlines. The site monitors 385 airlines worldwide and measures factors such as accident records, serious incidents experienced, aircraft age, COVID-19 health protocols, and operational innovation. airlines.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector in the last two years, 2021 is no exception. Currently, the COVID-19 protocol is one of the main factors for passengers when they want to take flights. Moreover, the corona virus continues to mutate and safety when traveling by plane is still a topic of discussion.
As reported by CNN, Wednesday (1/06), from the list of 20 safest airlines in the world, Air New Zealand ranks at the top. In the next sequence, there are Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and TAP Portugal.
According to AirlineRatings editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas, said Air New Zealand was awarded the world’s safest airline “because of its excellent incident record, number of cockpit innovations, pilot training and the very young age of the fleet.”
Qantas, which held the title of the safest airline in the world from 2014 to 2017, and 2019 to 2021 this year was knocked out of the top five. The Australian flag carrier took seventh place this year due to a slight increase in incidents and the age of its fleet.
In October 2021, a Qantas-owned Boeing traveling from Perth to Adelaide was forced to divert due to a fuel imbalance. The incident was later classified as a “serious incident”.
However, Thomas admits that the two years of the pandemic have been tough for all airlines, especially because of the many flight cuts. AirlineRatings.com specifically focuses on the length of time airlines take to retrain pilots before returning to service.
The airline has also been praised for its operational safety advancements over the past four decades. Some of the initiatives undertaken include being one of the first airlines in the world to pilot the use of Al Assaia Apron technology to increase aircraft turnaround times.
“Air New Zealand excels on the safety spectrum, not forgetting the smallest details when it comes to caring for flight crew members who work under significant stress,” Thomas told CNN Travel.
AirlineRatings also released the 10 safest low-cost airlines, namely Allegiant Air, easyJet, Frontier Airlines, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet Air, Volaris, Westjet, and Wizz Air.
The following is a complete list of the safest airlines in the world 2022 according to AirlineRatings: (1). Air New Zealand, (2). Etihad Airways, (3). Qatar Airways, (4). Singapore Airlines, (5). TAP Air Portugal, (6). SAS, (7). Qantas, (8). Alaska Airlines, (9). EVA Air, (10). Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, (11). Cathay Pacific Airways, (12). Hawaiian Airlines, (13). American Airlines, (14). Lufthansa, (15). Finnair, (16). KLM, (17). British Airways, (18). Delta Air Lines, (19). United Airlines, (20). Emirates. [kompas.com/photo special]