EVEN the most seasoned travellers like to know they’re in good hands when they’re travelling at 35,000 feet.
And Qantas passengers can rest easy with the Australian carrier named as the world’s safest airline for 2019 in the annual rankings from AirlineRatings.com
The website assessed 405 major airlines before delivering its verdict based on crash and serious incident reports, the average age of their fleets and audits from governments and the aviation industry’s regulatory bodies.
"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 AirlineRatings’ editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas.
AirlineRatings.com ranks the airlines using a seven-star ratings system, with the top 20 airlines - which also included Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific - all achieving the full seven stars.
Former stalwarts Japan Airlines and Etihad failed to make the top-ranked list for 2019.
Sadly, the findings were not favourable for lowest-ranked airlines Ariana Afgan Airlines [Afghanistan], Blue Wing Airlines [Suriname], Kam Air [Afghanistan], Tara Air [Nepal] and Trigana Air Service [Indonesia], which achieved only one or two stars for safety.
In no particular order, the world’s safest airlines for 2019 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].