Qantas has been named as the world’s safest airline for 2019 by international airline safety and product website AirlineRatings.com. 405 leading airline companies from 232 countries have been evaluated based on a comprehensive range of factors that included audits by aviation governing and industry bodies, crash and serious incident records, profitability, safety initiatives and fleet age.
AirlineRatings.com editors noted that Qantas “has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.” Apart from technologies like flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance, automatic landings and precision approaches around mountains, the Australian flag carrier “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” according to AirlineRating press release. Qantas was also listed as11th best airline in the world in 2018 by Skytrax.
Top 20 safest airlines are as follows in alphabetical order:
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Scandinavian Airline System
Virgin group (Atlantic and Australia)
AirlineRatings.com editors also listed their top 10 safest low-cost airlines. These are in alphabetical order: Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia / Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.