DUBAI, 18 November 2020: Emirates has been rated the safest airline in the world as far as its response to the Covid-19 pandemic goes according to the Safe Travel Barometer.

The airline, which has set industry-leading safety standards
since the resumption of its operations back in May, has topped the ranks with a
‘Safe Travel Score’ of 4.4 out of 5.0 among more than 230 airlines evaluated

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER photographed on August 17, 2015 from Wolfe Air Aviation’s Lear 25B.

The score is based on an independent audit of 26 health and
safety parameters evaluating safety protocols, traveller convenience and
service excellence announced by airlines.

Safe Travel Barometer is the world’s most comprehensive
solution to monitor and benchmark supplier initiatives in the travel, tourism
and hospitality industry for the post-Covid-19 world. Its rating mechanism
considers safety measures and hygiene standards across all touchpoints of a
traveller’s journey.

Enhanced biosafety measures taken by the airline include the
distribution of complimentary hygiene kits, protective barriers at check-in
desks and immigration counters, personal protective equipment and new safety
protocols for cabin crew and airport employees in customer-facing roles, and
elevated aircraft cleaning procedures including the frequent cleaning and
disinfecting of aircraft lavatories every 45 minutes during flights, amongst many
other measures.

Emirates has also led the way in traveller convenience,
which was another sub-category considered by the Safe Travel Barometer. The
airline was first in the industry to offer its customers free Covid-19 cover to
help them travel with more confidence, knowing that medical expenses of up to
EUR150,000 and quarantine costs of EUR100 per day for 14 days will be covered
if they are diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel, while they are away
from home. Emirates’ booking policies also offer customers great flexibility
and confidence to plan their travel. Customers have options to change their
travel dates or extend their ticket validity for two years. In addition, the
airline launched initiatives to help its loyal Emirates Skywards members retain
their tier status and introduce new ways for them to earn and spend their

The Safe Travel Barometer was launched in 2020 to monitor
global traveller health and safety measures, traveller convenience initiatives
and overall traveller experience, which influences traveller’s decision-making
and the actual journey in the new normal.

Safe Travel Barometer is a B2B solution by Safe Travel
Technologies, an independent subsidiary of VIDEC, a travel industry advisory
and consulting firm. The coverage includes more than 2,000 companies across 10
industry categories, 50 parameters, and traveller arrival information on more
than 80 destinations.