World’s top 20 safest airlines monitors the world’s airlines and has recently announced its list of the top 20 world’s safest, with an Aussie carrier standing out from the pack.

The list includes most of the names you’ve come to associate with quality service and safety in the skies. The list that follows is in alphabetical order.

The top 20 safest airlines for 2018

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia.


However, according to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, one airline stands out from the pack when it comes to experience and a flawless record.

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

“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.”

For those budget-conscious travellers, the top 10 safest low-cost carriers may be of more interest.

Top 10 safest low-cost airlines (in alphabetical order)

  • Aer Lingus
  • Flybe
  • Frontier
  • HK Express
  • Jetblue
  • Jetstar Australia/Jetstar Asia
  • Thomas Cook
  • Virgin America
  • Vueling
  • Westjet.


These airlines have all passed stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.

While all airlines experience the odd hiccup, only looks at serious incidents in making its determinations.

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft 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 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.”

Have you flown with any of these airlines? Which is your favourite? Which one makes you feel most comfortable? Does Qantas’ reputation factor into your flight plans?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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