Virgin Australia, Jetstar among world’s safest – but who took top honors?

It’s been a positive twelve months for Qantas: the airline last year returned to profit, launched some potentially lucrative routes, most notably a return to San Francisco, and increased services to other high profile places such as Hong Kong and Singapore. But most significantly, the carrier has just been named the world’s safest airline – for the third year running.

With a fatality free record in the jet era, found Qantas to be the standout performer among the world’s top 20 safest airlines for 2016.

As they’re so close in operational safety, doesn’t numerically rank the remaining 19 airlines, who in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Aussie carrier Virgin Australia.

The top ten safest low cost carriers in alphabetical order are: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.

Of the 407 airlines surveyed, 148 have the top seven-star safety ranking, while almost 50 have just three stars or less. The ten airlines with only one star hail from Indonesia, Nepal and Surinam. In its appraisal, measures a variety of factors relating to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s crash record.

According to data, there were 16 accidents in 2015 with 560 fatalities, which was well below the 10-year average of 31 accidents and 714 fatalities.

*Originally published TravelTalk 06 Jan 16