Qantas named World’s Safest Airline06 January 2016 by News Desk
Australia airline Qantas has been named the World’s Safest Airline for the third year running.
The accolade comes from AirlineRatings.com which highlights the fact that Qantas has a fatality-free record in the modern jet era. The organisation has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2016 from the 407 different operators that it monitors. Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are:
Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
AirlineRatings.com does not numerically rank its safest airlines as they are so close in operational safety but selects one overall standout airline. It also identified the top ten safest low cost airlines.
These are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.
AirlineRatings.com’s rating system takes into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s crash record.
Over its 95-year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.
“It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years,” said Geoffrey Thomas, editor of AirlineRating.com’. “Of the 407 airlines surveyed 148 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less.”
There are 10 airlines with only one star and these airlines are from Indonesia, Nepal and Surinam.