SIA named in two top 20 lists for safest and most punctual airlines

Singapore Airlines has made the list every year since the AirlineRatings.com website started in 2013.
Singapore Airlines has made the list every year since the AirlineRatings.com website started in 2013.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) has made the top 20 for safest and most punctual airlines in two lists released at the start of the year while Changi Airport has been placed among the top for punctuality for airports around the world.

SIA has been named one of the top 20 safest airlines in the world for 2019, according to airline safety and product rating review website AirlineRatings.com.

The local carrier has made the list every year since the AirlineRatings.com website started in 2013. AirlineRatings.com is based in Western Australia.

The airline that took the top spot as the world's safest airline in this year's edition was Australia's Qantas Airways, which took home the top spot from 2014 to 2017 as well.

In 2018, AirlineRatings.com did not reveal the top airline in the top 20 list for that year, unlike previous years.

The editors of the website noted Qantas' 98-year-old history as the world's oldest continuously operating airline, and that the airline had amassed "an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry's most experienced airline".

The other airlines in the top 20 for 2019 are Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Scandinavian Airline System, Swiss, United Airlines, and the Virgin group of airlines, Atlantic and Australia.

SIA also made it into the 2019 top 20 list of the most punctual airlines in the world. It was number 15 on the list released this month by air travel intelligence company OAG.

 
 

The company uses 58 million flight records from a full year’s worth of data from 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performances for the world’s airlines and airports.

The OAG’s definition of on-time performance refers to flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival or departure time. 

SIA had an 83.46 per cent on-time performance rate.

Changi Airport also snagged one of the top spots in the mega airport category, which refers to airports that have more than 30 million departing seats per annum.

The airport was the third most punctual in the category, with a 80.7 per cent on-time performance rate, behind Tokyo Haneda Airport and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.