AirlineRatings.com has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2017, with Australian carrier Qantas topping the list for the fourth year in a row.
Qantas has a fatality free record – an extraordinary record in the jet era, says AirlineRatings.com.
Making up the remainder of the Top 20 in alphabetical order are:
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Scandinavian Airline System
- Singapore Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
AirlineRatings.com is the world’s only safety and product rating website and monitors 425 world airlines.
In making its selections AirlineRatings.com takes into account numerous factors including:
- Audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations
- Government audits
- Airline’s crash and serious incident record
- Profitability and fleet age
AirlineRating.com’s editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.
In selecting Qantas as the world’s safest airline AirlineRatings.com editors noted that over its 96-year history the world’s oldest continuously operating airline has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted by the British Advertising Standards Association as the industry’s most experienced carrier.
The airline has been a leader in the development of the Future Air Navigation System, the Flight Data Recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance, automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud using RNP.
Qantas was the lead airline with real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue.
AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines.
These are in alphabetical order:
- Aer Lingus
- HK Express
- Jetstar Australia
- Jetstar Asia
- Thomas Cook
- Virgin America
Of the 425 airlines surveyed, 148 have the top seven-star safety ranking but almost 50 have just three stars or less. There are 14 airlines with only one star and these airlines are from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal and Surinam.