Australian airline Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for the seventh straight year.

Safety and product rating website has announced its top 20 safest airlines and top 10 safest low-cost airlines from the 405 airlines it monitors. editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said Qantas was a standout and “at the forefront of safety”.

“For instance, Australia’s Qantas has been recognised by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case in 2008 as the world’s most experienced airline,” he said.

“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 pure-jet era.”

The site said Qantas had been “a leader in the development of the Future Air Navigation System, the flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance, automatic landings using the Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in the cloud using RNP”.

Further, it said “Qantas was the lead airline with real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue”.

Virgin Australia was 10th in the rankings and Air New Zealand second.

Australia’s budget carriers Jetstar, which is involved in an industrial dispute with its pilots, and Tigerair, which failed to complete a voluntary audit, were not considered, according to Traveller.

The airlines are judged on audits from aviation governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, crash and serious incident records, fleet age, financial position and pilot training and culture. only look at serious incidents in making its determinations.

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues instead of airline operational problems,” Mr Thomas said. “And 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.”


1. Qantas

2. Air New Zealand

3. EVA Air

4. Etihad

5. Qatar Airways

6. Singapore Airlines

7. Emirates

8. Alaska Airlines

9. Cathay Pacific Airways

10. Virgin Australia

11. Hawaiian Airlines

12. Virgin Atlantic Airlines

13. TAP Portugal

14. SAS

15. Royal Jordanian

16. Swiss

17. Finnair

18. Lufthansa

19 Aer Lingus

20. KLM


1. Air Arabia

2. Flybe

3. Frontier

4. HK Express

5. IndiGo

6. Jetblue

7. Volaris

8. Vueling

9. Westjet

10. Wizz