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Revealed: The world's safest (and least safe) airlines for 2018



Stock photo: Deposit Photos

Stock photo: Deposit Photos

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British Airways, Emirates and Etihad all rank on a list of the world's safest airlines for 2018 by aviation website, AirlineRatings.com.

In its annual safety ratings, the Australia-based safety and product rating website assessed 409 major airlines before delivering its results.

The 20 safest airlines (in alphabetical order)

  • 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

Launched in 2013, AirlineRatings.com compiles its lists based on factors including audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airlines' crash and serious incident record and the fleet age.

In recent years, it listed Qantas as the world's single safest airline, but for 2018 the Australian flag carrier is ranked alongside the rest of the Top 20.

"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,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief, Geoffrey Thomas.

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

The top-rated airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation and launching of new aircraft, he added.

Another organisation to rank airlines according to safety is Germany's Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), which will rate 100 airlines for 2018.

Emirates tops its ranking, followed by Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and easyJet. The full list is being published in segments online here.

AirlineRatings.com's lowest ranked airlines for 2018 see North Korea's Air Koryo, Suriname-based Bluewing Airlines, Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service and four Nepalese carriers - Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines - awarded just a single star.

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