Safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com recently released its annual list of the Top 20 safest airlines for 2018, which stand out for being at the forefront of safety, innovation and launching of new aircraft.
The list includes some of the world’s leading airlines, which in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
Qantas again voted among the safest airlines
Australia’s Qantas has continued its remarkable safety record of no fatalities – or hull losses – in the jet era.
“Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline. It has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years,” said AirlineRaitings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas. “But Qantas is not alone. Long-established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”
AirlineRatings.com also announced the lowest ranked (one star) airlines which are: Air Koryo, Bluewing Airlines, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, Trigana Air Service and Yeti Airlines.
The safest low-cost airlines
Responding to the public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified the Top 10 safest low-cost airlines. These are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling, and Westjet.
AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety and in-flight product of 409 airlines using a seven-star rating system.