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Airline update: Most dangerous airlines
Airline update: Most dangerous airlines

AirlineRatings has published its analysis of 405 airlines from around the world, releasing the list of world’s safest and least safe airlines for 2019.

According to the safety ratings and quality analyst, the lowest ranked airlines with just one- and two-star safety ratings are:

  • Ariana Afghan Airlines (Afghanistan)
  • Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname)
  • Kam Air (Afghanistan)
  • Tara Air (Nepal)
  • Trigana Air Service (Indonesia).

The two new names on the most dangerous airlines list both hail from Afghanistan, knocking out Air Koryo (North Korea) and Nepal Airlines from the ignominious end of the safety rating register.

Top honours for the safest airline in the world once again go to Qantas which, according to AirlineRatings, has “amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline. The Australian airline has been a leader in the development of: 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.”

AirlineRatings analyses audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, as well as government audits, crash and serious incident records, profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives and fleet age.

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems,” said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

“It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading. And some countries incident reporting systems are weak further complicating matters.”

As each of the airlines scored a perfect seven out of seven stars, AirlineRatings’ top 20 list does not publish the airlines in any particular order.

The top 20 safest airlines for 2019

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

Scandinavian Airline System

Singapore Airlines

Swiss

United Airlines

Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).

Top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2019

Flybe

Frontier

HK Express

Jetblue

Jetstar Australia/Asia

Thomas Cook

Volaris

Vueling

Westjet

Wizz

Which of these airlines is your favourite? Have you ever flown with one of the least safe airlines?

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    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:05am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might bot reach our destination!!
    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:05am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might bot reach our destination!!
    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:05am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might bot reach our destination!!
    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:05am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might bot reach our destination!!
    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:06am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might not reach our destination!!
    Troubadour
    9th Feb 2019
    11:06am
    Amazed Aeroflot is not on the list - flew with them a few years ago,
    and feared we might not reach our destination!!
    MICK
    9th Feb 2019
    1:32pm
    Sounds as thought you do not like Aeroflot?
    Not sure how American Airlines made the safe list either. We were on one which needed the brakes fixed with the plane full of passengers sitting on the runway. Not impressed with that and not as though this carrier has not had significant issues over a period of time. You have to wonder how the ratings are determined.
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:03pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points nuts by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HDRider
    10th Feb 2019
    9:26pm
    There's some shocking stories about quaintarse that's why I have nothing to do with them!
    Had a GF that worked for them in Perth, what a shocking company they have become under the mad Irishman!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:03pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points nuts by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:04pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points nuts by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:04pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:05pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:06pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:07pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:07pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:07pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:07pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HappyDaze
    9th Feb 2019
    6:07pm
    QANTAS MAY BE SAFE in the air BUT NOT SAFE with my Points. Over about eight or nine years of flying Qantas several of which were first class Syd-Perth-PortHedland. Almost 100000 points earned by flights. Somehow, Woolworths become part of it then not part. Qantas STOLE ALL my hard earned points set back to ZERO. I am amazed to find out that one can get 90000 points by simply getting a credit card.
    QANTAS -THIEF!!!!!!!
    HDRider
    10th Feb 2019
    9:22pm
    Virgin al the way for me, best everything and I love it!


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