World’s 20 safest airlines in 2019

Posted by Ishani Chetty on 7 January 2019

The world’s number one safest airline has been announced by AirlineRatings.com for 2019, with Qantas Airline, an Australian carrier, taking first place.

AirlineRatings.com is a safety and product-rating website that annually release a list of the safest airlines across the world of the 405 that it monitors.

Qantas airlines has been fatality-free for 60 years and is a leader in innovation for the Future Air Navigation System, a flight data recorder that monitors plane and crew performances along with automatic landings using the Global Navigation System, with a precision approach around mountains using RNP software.

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AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas told TimesLIVES the Australian airline is a leader in aviation industry safety mechanisms.

‘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,’ he said.

The airline has developed real-time monitoring of its engines with the use of satellite communications, enabling it to detect problems before they become a safety risk.

AirlineRatings.com takes into consideration various audits on the airlines from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, general government audits, the airlines’ crash and serious accident record, innovation in industry-leading safety initiatives, fleet age, and profitability.

Thomas said AirlineRatings.com only analysed serious incidents in making its determinations of the safest airlines.

‘All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading,’ he said, adding that some countries’ incident reporting systems are weak and further complicate matters.

The lowest-ranked airlines out of the 405 analysed include Ariana Afghan Airlines, Bluewing Airlines, Kam Air, and Trigana Air Service.

 

Here are the world’s 20 safest mega airlines (listed in alphabetical order) 

1. Air New Zealand

2. Alaska Airlines

3. All Nippon Airways

4. American Airlines

5. Austrian Airlines

6. British Airways

7. Cathay Pacific Always

8. Emirates

9. EVA Air

10. Finnair

11. Hawaiian Airlines

12. KLM airlines

13. Lufthansa

14. Qantas

15. Qatar Airways

16. Scandinavian Airline System

17. Singapore Airlines

18. Swiss Airlines

19. United Airlines

20. Virgin Airlines group (Atlantic and Australia)

 

Picture: Unsplash

 






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