Australia’s flagship carrier, Qantas Airlines, has been named the world’s safest airline for 2019.
Thanks to a 60-year streak as a fatality-free commercial jetliner, Qantas tops Airlineratings.com’s latest ranking of the top 20 airlines in the world.
“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,” said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas in a statement.
Along with being the world’s oldest continuously operating airline, editors note that Qantas has always been a leader in aviation, be it in the development of the Future Air Navigation System; the use of flight data recorders; automatic landings; and in real-time monitoring of engines.
“But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era,” Thomas adds.
Along with Qantas, other top-performing airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, among others.
For the ranking, editors looked at audits from aviation governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline crash and serious incident records; fleet age; and profitability.
Here are the world’s safest mega airlines 2019 (listed in alphabetical order):
1. Air New Zealand
2. Alaska Airlines
3. All Nippon Airways
4. American Airlines
5. Austrian Airlines
6. British Airways
7. Cathay Pacific Airways
9. EVA Air
11. Hawaiian Airline
15. Qatar Airways
16. Scandinavian Airline System
17. Singapore Airlines
19. United Airlines
20. Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia)
Top 10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines For 2019
Responding to the public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their Top 10 safest low-cost airlines. These are in alphabetical order:
3. HK Express
5. Jetstar Australia / Asia
6. Thomas Cook
Unlike a number of low-cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records. – Airlineratings
AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety and in-flight product of 405 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system. It has been used by millions of passengers from 232 countries and has become the industry standard for safety and product rating.
To arrive at its Top Twenty, AirlineRatings.com takes into account the most important factors for safety. These include audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; and the fleet age.