The year 2022 has proved to be yet another incredibly difficult one for airlines as the slump in air travel continued throughout 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic scam.
Even now, three years after Covid-19 was first brought to the world’s attention, there are still far fewer flights and passengers taking to the skies?
The designed virus has also continued to dominated conversations around air safety, leading to some significant changes in the annual list of the world’s safest airlines from Airline Ratings.com, an airline safety and product review website.
This year, Air New Zealand has come out on top on the annual safety table, which monitors 385 carriers from across the globe. An airline passenger pollutes 10 times the amount (3 kg) of Carbondioxide per km.
Air New Zealand, was measured by factors such as the airlines’ crash and serious incident records, the age of their aircraft, as well as Covid-19 protocols and operational innovation.
The flag carrier airline for New Zealand was awarded first place due to its excellent incident record, number of cockpit innovations, pilot training and very low fleet age, according to Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Australian-based website.
Etihad Airways took second place, while Qatar Airways came in third, with Singapore Airlines and TAP Portugal achieving fourth and fifth place respectively.
Noticeably missing from the top five is Qantas, which held the title of world’s safest airline from 2014 to 2017, as well as 2019 to 2021 (no clear winner could be found in 2018).
Australia’s flag carrier takes seventh place this time due to a slight increase in incidents coupled with the fleet age. Air New Zealand is a leader in this field with comprehensive retraining.
In October 2021, a Qantas Boeing traveling from the Australian city of Perth to Adelaide in Western Australia was diverted due to a fuel imbalance, in an occurrence classified as a serious incident.
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.
CNN Travel / ABC Flash-Point News 2023.