knowing you’re in reliable hands when flying from one side of the world to the other is always a great advantage. This year the Australia-based safety and product rating website had a more definitive outlook, says editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas. “Qantas was a clear winner given its industry leadership in safety innovation,”.
AirlineRatings analyzed data for 405 airlines across the world to put together its list of the top 20 safest carriers. It used 12 separate criteria, including audits from governments, aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations. Also considered were the crash and serious incident records for each carrier, plus fleet age and profitability.
For 2019, Qantas is singled out as the best, while the remaining 19 safest airlines haven’t been ordered and are instead listed alphabetically.
The result is a list that includes what the website calls a “who’s who of airlines,” praised for being reliable and secure.
The top 20 are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines and Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).
“Japan Airlines was excluded this year one of its pilots was found to be intoxicated at Heathrow Airport,” he adds. “Etihad was also excluded because of its significant losses.”
“The top 20 safest airlines are all exceptional operations and the benchmark for excellence when its comes to safety and reliability.