World’s safest airlines for 2018 revealed

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World’s safest airlines for 2018 revealed

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4 January 2018

By | 4 January 2018

For the first time in five years, Qantas is not the number one in the ranking

Overall safety in the air travel industry keeps on rising. As we reported this week, 2017 was the safest year for flying ever.

Qantas was named the safest airline in the world four times in a row. This year AirlineRatings didn't select any winner among the Top 20 — PomInOz / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Qantas was named the safest airline in the world four times in a row, but this year AirlineRatings didn’t select any winner among the Top 20 — PomInOz / Shutterstock

But to keep track of standards constant monitoring is necessary. To make the current situation more clear AirlineRatings has evaluated 409 world carriers and created a list of Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2018.

The website’s editors took into account previous incidents as well as the average age of carriers’ fleets. They also investigated government audits.  

“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said AirlineRatings’ Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.

For the past four years, the number one position belonged to Qantas, who have been favoured for their focus on safety advancement. This year the airline was only mentioned as a part of the Top 20.

Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era same as Qantas — Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era — Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock

“For instance, Australia’s Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline,” Thomas said.

“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. But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era,” he added.

AirlineRatings’ editors also evaluated 10 safest low-cost airlines as a response to public interest. These budget airlines in alphabetical order are: Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling, and Westjet.

TOP 20 safest airlines:

Air New Zealand

Alaska Airlines

All Nippon Airways

British Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways

Emirates

Etihad Airways

EVA Air

Finnair

Hawaiian Airlines

Japan Airlines

KLM

Lufthansa

Qantas

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Scandinavian Airline System

Singapore Airlines

Swiss

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Australia