When choosing an airline, it is important to consider safety as a top priority. Some airlines have a better safety record than others. AirlineRatings.com released the annual list of the worlds safest airlines.
Monitoring 385 airlines to determine which are the world’s safest, AirlineRatings uses a “rating system that takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies, lead associations, as well as the airlines, own safety data.”
Australia’s Qantas claimed the first place, and shares the list with conational Virgin Australia/Atlantic ranked number 10. Last year’s winner Air New Zealand, came in second followed by UAE’s Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The only European carrier to make this year’s top 10 list is TAP Air Portugal on fifth place, and other five European carriers were included in top 20. US also got only one carrier in the top 10, Alaska Airlines, which is ranked number eight, while four other airlines made the top 20.
“Our top twenty safest airlines are all standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation and launching of new aircraft. In fact, the safety margins between these top twenty airlines are very small—they are all outstanding airlines,” said Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings.com. “All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. 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,”
Additionally, the website released a top 20 list of the safest low-cost airlines, these are placed in alphabetical order as follows: Air Arabia, AirAsia Group* Allegiant, Air Baltic, easyjet, FlyDubai, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Indigo, Ryanair, Scoot, Southwest, Spicejet, Spirit, Vueling, Vietjet, Volaris, Westjet, and Wizz.