Jan. 4 (UPI) — Quantas as soon as once more topped the listing of most secure airways for 2021 as rated by AirlineRatings.com, the airline security monitoring firm mentioned.

The Australian airline has persistently maintained security requirements within the classes monitored for 385 airways since 2013, the corporate mentioned in an announcement Monday.

Quantas, the world’s oldest repeatedly working airline has been a “clear chief” over the previous 100 years in security protocols, and a pioneer in operations and security requirements, being the “first or second” airline to introduce 16 main security improvements over the previous 60 years.

Quantas was prime ranked from 2014 to 2017, after which once more in 2019 via 2020.

This 12 months’s High 20 rated airways within the survey additionally included Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Alaska Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, Hawaiian Airways, Southwest Airways, Delta Air Strains, American Airways, SAS, Finnair, Lufthansa, KLM and United Airways, the corporate mentioned.

“In reality, there’s little or no between the High 20, they’re all standouts,” Geoffrey Thomas, editor in chief of the net rating firm mentioned.

These airways haven’t skilled fatalities throughout the previous 10 years and have stored updated on changing avionics or older plane which will have contributed to the deaths of crew or passengers, the corporate’s score software system says.

This 12 months, the corporate has launched COVID-19 security requirements as a part of their measurement metrics. Of the airways ranked with seven stars, solely Royal Jordanian airways failed COVID-19 security protocols.

The corporate additionally ranked the highest funds airways and listed the High 10 most secure low-cost airways, listed alphabetically, as Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz.

The worst airways ranked for security have been Pakistan Worldwide Airways; Air Algerie (Algeria), Scat (Kazakhstan); Airblue (Pakistan); Blue Wing (Suriname); Iran Aseman Airways and Nepal Airways, which all acquired one star.

The corporate has examined crash information and analyzed greater than 11,000 critical pilot-related incidents equivalent to runway overruns, over the previous 5 years.

“Accidents and incidents make up 5 of our seven star score with audits accounting for one and COVID-19 compliance the ultimate star for a most seven-star rating,” Thomas advised CNN.

The corporate additionally evaluates airline audits from aviation governing and business our bodies and charges airways by common fleet age.

The 12 months 2020 was an financial anomaly for the worldwide airline business due to the worldwide pandemic.

Six billion fewer passengers flew internationally due to COVID-19, representing a lack of 64.2%, in keeping with a Dec. eight evaluation from the Canadian Airports Council Worldwide.

On Sunday, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration mentioned greater than 1.three million vacationers handed via its checkpoints Sunday. The quantity was 55% beneath the variety of passengers one 12 months in the past, however it was its highest quantity since March 15, when COVID-19 journey lockdowns started.