Air crashes made big news last year. Yet, statistics from the Aviation Safety Network show that 2016 was the second safest year on record to take a flight. Recently, AirlineRatings.com announced the top twenty safest airlines and top ten safest low-cost airlines for 2017. AirlineRatings is the world’s only safety and product rating website. As a result, the carriers listed in the ranking were selected from the 425 carriers it monitors.
Top of the list
The website lists Australia’s Qantas at the top of the list for the fourth year. Because, this airline has a fatality free record in the jet era – an extraordinary record.
The top twenty in alphabetical order are:
Australia’s Qantas, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
As the site says, “In making its selections AirlineRatings.com takes into account numerous factors that include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.” All 20 airlines listed above performed extremely well on these criteria.
Besides the above list, the website editors have also identified the top ten safest low-cost airlines. These are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.
The website added, “Unlike a number of low-cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) which has over 1000 audit items and have excellent safety records.