Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for the third year in a row whilst Wings Air, Bluewing Airlines and eight other airlines have been rewarded only 1* for safety (the lowest rating.)
An annual survey has seen Qantas named the world’s safest airline for the third year running. Qantas was praised for its “extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era”. In a separate ranking for low-cost airlines, American carrier Jetblue made the top 20 safest.
The survey was compiled by AirlineRatings.com, and independent plane safety and product rating website. 407 airlines were included in the survey, awarding them up to seven stars for safety.
Of those surveys, 148 were awarded the top seven star ranking; nearly 50 were awarded three stars or less. The star ratings take a number of factors into account, for example if the airline has been certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and if it’s on the EU airline blacklist.
The world’s 20 safest airlines (in alphabetical order, bar Qantas)
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airlines (ANA)
Cathay Pacific Airways
Scandinavian Airline System (SAS)
The world’s 10 safest budget airlines (in alphabetical order)
The 10 airlines awarded just 1* for safety (in alphabetical order)
Trigana Air Service