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The World’s Safest Airlines For 2018 Have Been Revealed

Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, and Hawaiian Airlines are amongst the carriers that made the cut.

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1 of 20|Air New Zealand
2 of 20|Alaska Airlines
3 of 20|All Nippon Airways
4 of 20|British Airways
5 of 20|Cathay Pacific Airways
6 of 20|Emirates
7 of 20|Etihad Airways
8 of 20|EVA Air
9 of 20|Finnair
10 of 20|Hawaiian Airlines
11 of 20|Japan Airlines
12 of 20|KLM
13 of 20|Lufthansa
14 of 20|Qantas
15 of 20|Royal Jordanian Airlines
16 of 20|Scandinavian Airline System
17 of 20|Singapore Airlines
18 of 20|Swiss
19 of 20|Virgin Atlantic
20 of 20|Virgin Australia

For the last four years, has singled out Qantas for the top spot in its annual ranking of the world’s safest airlines. This year, the website assessed 409 major airlines before compiling its final verdict, a list of the top 20 safest carriers in alphabetical order.

“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said Geoffrey Thomas,’s Editor-in-Chief. “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. But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair also have perfect records in the jet era.”

To arrive at its top 20, took into account factors like previous incidents, audits from governments and the aviation industry’s regulatory bodies, fleet age, and airlines’ records of crashes and other serious incidents.


Click through the gallery above to see the worlds safest airlines for 2018, in alphabetical order.

This year also announced the low-cost carriers with the best safety records. The top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, JetBlue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and WestJet.

At the bottom of the list, with only a single star rating out of seven stars, are 2018’s least safe airlines. North Korea’s Air Koryo, Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines, and Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service pull up the rear, along with four carriers from Nepal: Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines.

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