Notably, Qantas, the famously secure Australian provider that topped the checklist for the previous few years, took a steep nosedive all the way down to seventh place. That was on account of a “slight increase in incidents coupled with the fleet age,” AirlineRatings.com’s editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas told CNN. While the web site doesn’t specify, it doesn’t escape discover that Qantas made a high-profile gaffe in October, when a Boeing flight en route from Perth to Adelaide needed to be diverted on account of a gasoline imbalance, which was labeled as a “serious incident.” (An imbalance happens when the gasoline tanks on the left and proper wings of the place comprise unequal quantities, making one aspect heavier than the opposite.)
Qantas was changed by a brand new champion from the land down below: Air New Zealand, which gained the highest spot largely on account of its COVID-19 security protocols, Thomas instructed CNN. “The last two years have been extremely difficult for airlines with Covid-19 slashing travel and Airline Ratings editors have particularly focused on the lengths airlines are undertaking to retrain pilots ahead of a return to service,” he stated. “Air New Zealand is a leader in this field with comprehensive retraining.”
On the opposite hand, it seems to be like extra storms forward for Qantas as current information suggests it might have slacked on its retraining routine: A leaked memo from the airline reported Wednesday revealed that a few of its pilots, who returned to work in December after months away from the job on account of pandemic cutbacks, are a bit rusty and have been making errors comparable to commencing take-off with the parking brake nonetheless on. (We’ve reached out to Qantas for touch upon the memo.)
Back within the northern hemisphere, 5 United States-based carriers made the Australian web site’s so-called “who’s who” of airways, together with Alaska Airlines—which was highest up at No. 8—and American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, which introduced up the rear at No. 13, 18, and 19 respectively. However, Southwest Airlines, which took thirteenth place final yr, was kicked off the checklist solely this yr.
The remainder of the highest twenty is populated by carriers from throughout the globe, together with the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways, and British Airways.
See the full ranking here.