Qantas wins world’s safest airline spot

- A Monitor Desk Report 04 Jan, 2020 | 1951 Views|-+
Dhaka: Qantas Airways has been named the safest airline in the world on a Top 20 list published by, followed by Air New Zealand and Taiwan's Eva Airways.

Singapore Airlines came in sixth, Cathay Pacific Airways ninth and Virgin Australia Holdings 10th. takes into account factors including audits by governing and industry bodies, crash and serious incident record, profitability and fleet age.

Separately, the Aviation Safety Network said earlier this week that the number of fatal aviation accidents in 2019 rose above the five-year average to 20, with more than half occurring in North America.

The 20 crashes killed 283 people, with the bulk of the deaths coming from the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March, when a Boeing 737 Max jet plunged into the ground shortly after take-off, killing all 157 people on board. That led to the global grounding of the jet.

Last year's total included 11 accidents in North America, compared to just one in that region in 2018 and three in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network said. There were 15 accidents worldwide in 2018.

Still, based on the number of overall fatalities, 2019 was the third-safest year ever, the network said.

The five-year average is 14 accidents and 480 fatalities, the Netherlands-based organisation said. Last year's figures suggest one fatal accident per almost two million flights. The organisation's statistics are for civil aircraft certified to carry 14 or more passengers.

Five of the accidents in North America last year occurred in rugged parts of Alaska and Canada, the Aviation Network said. "Despite progress made through various safety initiatives by Canadian and US regulators, this still is an area of concern," it said.

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