Top Airlines to Work For Based on Safety

Published: 01-11-2021
Did your airline make the top safety list?

Commercial airline pilots should always do their due diligence before flying for any airline. In addition to the obvious salary requirements, pilots should talk each other to find out working conditions, the financial stability of the airline, and the equipment you’ll use.

Airline Pilot Central provides airline profiles with great information on these above topics. But another important topic is safety ratings.

Where the Data Comes From

Established in June 2013, evaluates data from over 485 airlines around the globe. Airline Ratings takes information from both companies and consumers and ranks commercial airlines with a 7-star rating system. Passengers can then compare these airline ranks online.

According to the website, the company aims to become “The world’s best one-stop airline safety and product rating review website.” The following categories are reviewed during the 7-star safety evaluation process:

  • Crashes

  • Serious incidents

  • Audits

  • Safety initiatives

  • Fleet age

For more information about the evaluation and rating system, go here.

Top Airlines to Work For in the United States

AirlineRatings is geared toward informing passengers, but their data can be helpful for pilots making a decision for future employment. This data can also be filtered through for specific details. For example, users can search by COVID-19 compliance and find that Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and Southwest made the top 20 list for that parameter.

Although an airline’s response to COVID-19 is important, there are many other topics to consider to determine which airlines are have the best safety records. That’s why evaluates the entire historical record for each company.

Listed below are the rankings for airlines in the United States that made the top 20 safest airlines in the world.

  • 8. Alaska Airlines

  • 12. Hawaiian Airlines

  • 13. Southwest Airlines

  • 14. Delta Air Lines

  • 15. American Airlines

  • 20. United Airlines

According to Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief at, “All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems...It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one.”

When it comes to the Top 20 safest airlines, Thomas says that there is little difference between each one. “They are all standouts.”

To see the full list, go here.

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