Qantas Safest Airline in the World, American Airlines Doesn’t Make Top 20
For the fourth year in a row, Qantas has been ranked the safest airline in the world for 2017, according to the newest ratings by Airline Ratings. The airline has not had any fatalities in the jet era. That is a pretty phenomenal record for the airline to hold.
Interestingly, American Airlines is the only one of the major three U.S. carriers that did not make the top twenty, with Delta, United, Hawaiian and Alaska all making it into the top 20 safest airlines.
The top 20 airlines, in alphabetical order:
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Delta Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Scandinavian Airline System
- Singapore Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
According to Airline Ratings,
In making its selections AirlineRatings.com takes into account numerous factors that include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.
AirlineRating.com’s editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.
The AirlineRatings.com top twenty have always been at the forefront of safety innovation and launching of new aircraft and these airlines have become a byword for excellence.
The survey examined 425 airlines from around the world, with 148 of the airlines being rated with the max 7 stars. Fifty airlines airlines had three stars or less. Fourteen airlines, all of them in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Surinam, received only one star.