AirlineRatings.com has named Australia’s flag carrier airline Qantas as the world’s safest airline for the third year in a row, according to the Telegraph. The site, launched in 2013, serves as a feedback-driven ratings site that collects user reviews and other information to provide information about airports and airlines worldwide and annually presents listings of their findings as awards.
Qantas has come first for aviation safety out of the 407 airlines that AirlineRatings.com monitors, making it the third consecutive year that the airline has received the award,according to CNN. There are many criteria that AirlineRatings.com takes into account when deciding upon the award, which they detail on their site as including “factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.”
Completing the top 20 in alphabetical order are: American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand; 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 Virgin Australia.
Standout in safety
“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft,” says AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas. “These airlines are always a byword for excellence in the safety space.
“However there is no question amongst the editors that Qantas remains a standout in safety enhancements and best practice.”
The organization also named its top 10 low-cost airlines for 2016.
These are, in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.