The top 20 list of safest airlines in the world


What are the safest airlines in the world? AirlineRatings has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2016 from the 407 it monitors.

Top of the list for the third year running is Australia’s Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era.

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.

The rating is not listed from safest to lower, since ratings are so close in operational safety but selects one overall standout airline.

Responding to public interest, the editors also identified their 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.

It’s taken 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.

Also each airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.

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.

There are 10 airlines with only one star and these airlines are from Indonesia, Nepal and Surinam.