The list ranked Air New Zealand second, followed by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.
UK carrier British Airways ranked 10th on JACDEC’s list.
The Safety Index ratings are calculated by comparing serious incidents suffered by airlines over the past 30 years to the revenue passenger kilometers they have flown over the same period.
According to JACDEC, in total, there were 496 fatalities on commercial flights last year, two fewer than in 2011.
To see the the full list of this years JACDEC Airline Safety Ranking, press here.