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The world's safest airlines for 2021, per has released its annual list of the world's safest carriers for 2021, just as COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out and travelers ponder post-pandemic trips. Scroll ahead to see which U.S. carriers made the top 20 and which airlines you should consider for your next international trip. The website made its rankings based on the following criteria: each airline’s crash and serious incident record, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, industry-leading safety initiatives and fleet age.

20. United Airlines

19. KLM

18. Lufthansa

17. Finnair

16. Scandinavian Airlines, aka SAS

15. American Airlines

14. Delta Air Lines

13. Southwest Airlines

12. Hawaiian Airlines

11. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic

10. British Airways

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

8. Alaska Airlines

7. Etihad Airways

6. EVA Air

5. Emirates

4. Singapore Airlines

3. Air New Zealand

2. Qatar Airways

1. Qantas.

So why is it No. 1? "Over its 100-year history, the world’s oldest continuously operating airline has amassed a truly amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline," said.

The website ticked off a list of Qantas' accomplishments: its role in developing the Future Air Navigation System linking planes and air traffic control towers; fleet-wide, real-time monitoring of engines, flight data recorders; and GPS-guided automatic landings and precision approaches around mountains using Required Navigation Performance. also noted that Qantas has implemented some of the biggest safety enhancements introduced in the past 60 years.

S: USA Today

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