Top 20 safest airlines for 2020

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“Australia’s Qantas has been recognised by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline,” said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

“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. But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”

qantas plane in a rainbow sky

According to Mr Thomas, the site only accounts for serious incidents when making its determinations.

“All airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. And 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. Our top 20 safest airlines 2020 are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.”

The Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2020 are:

1. Qantas

2. Air New Zealand

3. EVA Air

4. Etihad

5. Qatar Airways

6. Singapore Airlines

7. Emirates

8. Alaska Airlines

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

10. Virgin Australia

11. Hawaiian Airlines

12. Virgin Atlantic Airlines

13. TAP Portugal

14. SAS

15. Royal Jordanian

16. Swiss

17. Finnair

18. Lufthansa

19. Aer Lingus

20. KLM.

With how many of these airlines have you flown?

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Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    Have flown with 9 of them so far. Sometimes it’s better to pay a bit more for peace of mind. Thank you for confirming my choices.

  2. 0

    Question. Is Qantas (and maybe also ANZ) the safest because it has (relatively) the most empty skies? I don’t know, what you do you think?

    • 0

      I would say not so as there are few in air collisions but accidents are caused mainly by mechanical failure, extreme weather conditions and pilot error. I would think that Qantas and Air NZ would probably have the longest overall flight times so are exposed more to those factors. Perhaps crew training and good maintenance systems are a factor in their favour.

    • 0

      actually taking that point further ozirules, most accidents happen at take off and landing. So the long distance airlines would have relatively fewer of those too.
      Whatever, I hope it continues as I fly with qantas in April!

  3. 0

    I see that Air Canada is not in the top 20. That’s a worry.

  4. 0

    I’ve flown on 3 of this list.
    Qantas – have never been a fan
    Virgin Australia – a better option
    Virgin Atlantic – good service and cheaper fares, but no longer fly from Australia.

  5. 0

    I’ve flown with half of them and they are the same. They only fall out of the sky once!

  6. 0

    Rubbish – any survey results from a company run by a person too close to Qantas putting them at the top can’t be believed!
    One has to be aware of the many flights returning due to maintenance problems, plus the poor quality of maintenance on board, as a result of getting rid of Aussie workers, to understand that this is NOT the quality airline which used to exist before A.Joyce took over.



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