Which is the safest airline in the world?

2019-01-04 06:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Although flying still remains one of the safest forms of transport in the world, 2018 did see a sharp rise in the number of fatalities compared to last year, reports CNN.

However, it still remained one of the safest years for aviation, and that's in part thanks to those that topped Airline Ratings' list of 20 safest airlines out of 405 that they monitor, with Australian carrier Qantas leading the charge for the fifth year in a row.

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For 98 years Qantas has had a fantastic record and has helped shape the aviation's safety standard in that time. 

"The Australian airline has been a leader in the development of Future Air Navigation System; the flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance; automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud using RNP," writes Airline Ratings.

"Qantas was the lead airline with real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue."

The factors that the safety and product rating website take into account when they made the list are audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, airline’s crash and serious incident record and the fleet age.

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Here's the rest of the airlines that made it onto the worldwide Top 20 list:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Qatar
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia)

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Where there are winners there are also losers, and these are the worst-ranked:

  • Ariana Afghan Airlines
  • Bluewing Airline
  • Kam Air
  • Trigana Air Service

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems,’ says Airline Ratings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas. “It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading.”

“And some countries' incident reporting systems are weak further complicating matters.”

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They also have a separate list for the Top 10 safest low-cost airlines:

  • Flybe
  • Frontier
  • HK Express
  • Jetblue
  • Jetstar Australia/Asia
  • Thomas Cook
  • Volaris
  • Vueling
  • Westjet
  • Wizz

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