AirlineRatings has announced Qantas as its safest airline for 2019 and its Top Twenty safest airlines and ten safest low-cost airlines from the 405 it monitors.
The top twenty are the who's who of airlines and in alphabetical order 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).
These airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation and the design and launching of new aircraft said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.
"For instance, Australia's Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case in 2008 as the world's most experienced airline."
"It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era," said Mr Thomas.
"But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era."
Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines.
These are in alphabetical order: Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia / Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.
In making its selections AirlineRatings.com takes into account numerous critical factors that include; audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline's crash and serious incident record, fleet age and profitability.
AirlineRatings.com also announced its lowest ranked (one star and two star) airlines which are; Ariana Afghan Airlines, Bluewing Airlines, Kam Air, Tara Air and Trigana Air Service.