Names Qantas the World’s Safest Airline

Australia’s Qantas has headed the list of’s 20 safest airlines for 2017, among a total of 425 airlines, with a fatality-free record in the jet era.

Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia.

Qantas stands out from the 20 safest airlines for the fourth year running, with its 96-year history as the world’s oldest continuously operating airline that has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety, and is now accepted by the British Advertising Standards Association as the industry’s most experienced carrier.

The Australian airline has been a leader in the development of the 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. Qantas was also 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. does not numerically rank its top 20 safest airlines but selects one overall standout airline, after examining each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology, to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.

The editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines, which include Aer Lingus, Flybe, and HK Express. Unlike a number of low-cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) which has over 1000 audit items and has excellent safety records.

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