Canberra: Airline rating organisation AirlineRatings.com has named top 20 safest airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors. Qantas has been adjudged as the world's safest airline for the fourth year running due to its fatality-free record.
The top 20 airlines in alphabetical order are: 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.
AirlineRatings.com also identified its top ten safest low-cost airlines (in alphabetical order): Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.
AirlineRatings.com takes into account a range of factors when compiling its list, including audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline's crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.
"Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of more advanced aircraft like the A350, B787 and B777X," said AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas, "While these airlines are always leaders in safety there was no question that Qantas still remains the leader in safety enhancements and operational excellence," Thomas said.
"Over its 96-year history Qantas has amassed an amazing record of firsts in safety and operations and is accepted as the world's most experienced airline.
"Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years."