Aussie icon Qantas has been named the safest airline in the world, according to the latest report from AirlineRatings.com.
Marketed as the world’s only safety and product ratings website, AirlineRatings.com monitors over 400 airlines from around the world, with the online publication announcing its Top 20 safest airlines – as well as its 10 safest ‘low-cost’ airlines – for 2019.
Beating out other airlines such as Air New Zealand, British Airways, Emirates and Singapore Airlines, Qantas was noted for its 98-year continuous operating history, as well as its real-time engine monitoring through satellite communications and its Future Air Navigation System, which monitors and records plan and crew performance.
“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,” stated AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.
Other airlines within the Top 20 include: Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airways, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Scandinavian Airline System, Swiss, United Airlines and Virgin Group.
There was further good news for Qantas with its budget brand Jetstar ranked in the top 10 low-cost airline safety rankings, alongside Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, JetBlue, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, WestJet and Wizz.
AirlineRatings.com also announced its lowest-ranked airlines for the year – Ariana Afghan Airlines, Bluewing Airlines, Kam Air and Trigana Air Service.
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How are the safety ratings calculated?
Launched in 2013, AirlineRatings.com uses a unique comparison and rating tool to ascertain its safety results, with factors including whether the airline has been fatality-free over the past 10 years, if it meets the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and whether or not the airline is on regional blacklists.
Airlines are rated out of 7 stars, with AirlineRatings.com also conducting additional audits in making its assessment of the Top 20 safest airlines. These include areas such as the airline’s fleet age, profitability and major incidents, along with pilot training and innovation, with AirlineRatings.com using consultant pilots within their rating process.
Qantas also flew high in Canstar Blue’s Domestic Airlines Ratings for 2018, achieving a five-star result for service, flight schedule & availability, in-flight offerings, flight punctuality and overall satisfaction.
Jetstar, Tigerair and Virgin Australia all rated four stars for overall satisfaction, with Virgin achieving multiple five-star ratings across the categories. Regional Express rated three stars overall.