AirlineRatings lists the world’s top 20 safest airlines announces its list of the world’s safest airlines for 2018.

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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    9th Jun 2018
    My first preference is Qantas for all my air travel, although I do not discount other full service airlines like Air NZ, KLM, BA, Lufthansa and a few others, if they are the only alternatives to get where I want to go. However I prefer train travel if it is a viable alternative to air travel.

    9th Jun 2018
    Qantas the safest? Look at who says so - to quote "according to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas" - wonder how many perks he has received from Qantas (being a local influential figure in the airline circles here)? It also DOES NOT look like an objective assessment when he also says " 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. ". So, it is clearly a doctored analysis!

    Qantas has been in the news recently several times with the aircraft having issues and landing other than at the destination to resolve these. A.Joyce destroyed the quality of this airline by destroying the jobs of thousands of Aussies, and one can also see the poor maintenance on many flights including in-flight videos not working, seat-reclining not working, the low morale / training / motivation of staff who try to avoid responding when buzzed, etc.

    Try Singapore Airlines (voted No. 1 by travellers), or a number of the Mid-east airlines (such as Qatar also voted No. 1 earlier), and you will appreciate how poor the quality of Qantas has become in comparison under A.Joyce (paid $20 Mil last year in spite of this poor quality). He MUST GO if the airline is to improve it's quality.
    3rd Nov 2018
    Qantas might have a good safety reputation but every time I fly cattle class with them the comfort, facilities and service have been gradually degraded to the point where they are now my absolute last choice of airline.

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