The safest airline in the world is Qantas, according to a new list from product ranking website AirlineRatings.com.
The following airlines round out the top 20, in alphabetical order. They are not otherwise ranked: 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 Airways, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss and United Airlines and Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).
“It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era,” AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said in a press release.
“But Qantas is not alone,” he added. “Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”
Qantas took the top honor beginning in 2014 through 2017, and was a joint winner last year because the site didn’t rank the top 20, according to CNN Travel. United is back on the list after the ranking left it out it last year.
The website also identified the 10 safest low-cost airlines: Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia / Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.
AirlineRatings.com used numerous data points to put together its ranking, including government audits, crash and serious incident record and profitability. The site looked at data from 405 airlines.
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