These are the world's safest airlines

Published: January 6, 2016


Australian airline Qantas has once again been ranked as the world’s safest airline.

Aviation website recently released its annual list of the world’s safest airlines which also featured Emirates and Etihad Airways among others.

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“Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest — 7.9 years – it has been since the airline was privatised in 1995,” editor Geoffrey Thomas told the CNN. The editor also said that Qantas has done fairly well and grabbed the benchmark for the best practice, taking the lead in almost every aspect throughout the past 60 years.

Rest of the airlines that made it to the top safest airlines, in alphabetical order, are: Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

“Our top 10 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation and launching new planes,” Thomas added. The rating system is based on collection of airlines’ operational histories, incident records and excellence.

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The rating site has also given a list of the top 10 safest low cost airlines which in alphabetical order are: Aer Lingus (Ireland), Alaska Airlines (US), Icelandair (Iceland), Jetblue (US), Jetstar (Australia), (South Africa), Monarch Airlines (UK), Thomas Cook (UK), TUIfly (Germany) and WestJet (Canada).

“Unlike a number of low cost carriers these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit audit and have excellent safety records,” Thomas said. “Low cost does not mean low safety.”

World’s unsafest airlines

Further, the website also released a list of the world’s unsafest airlines. The site reduces one star of any airline if it has had a crash that involves the death of a passenger and/or crew member.  “A crash involving fatalities carries with it a one star deduction for 10 years from the date of the incident,” the rating policy of the website read.

Of the surveyed 449 airlines, some 50 had three or less stars.

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Four airlines failed miserably in the survey and got only one star, including Nepal’s Tara Air and Nepal Airlines, Kazakhstan’s Scat Airlines, and Afghanistan’s Kam Air. These four fliers have been banned from flying within the European Union.

The article originally appeared on CNN.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • goldconsumer
    Jan 6, 2016 - 2:02PM

    Don’t believe about Lufthansa. I flew from Frankfurt to Brussels in 2012 and the turbulence on a highly calm weather was very strange. Recommend

  • SHKT
    Jan 6, 2016 - 5:45PM

    ever heard of air pockets?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 6, 2016 - 8:40PM

    Turbulence can strike at anytime, even in what appears to be calm and clear weather. Just count yourself lucky you were flying Lufthansa and not, say, a carrier like Shaheen.Recommend

  • Roussou
    Jan 6, 2016 - 10:32PM

    PIA people must be happy for not finding their name in the list of worst airline.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Jan 6, 2016 - 10:37PM

    Fly Dubai should have been listed in the top 10 amongst low cost carrier group.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 7, 2016 - 1:46AM

    Turbulence can occur anywhere because of air pockets. Even on seemingly calm days. As for safety, turbulence is the least likely to put flight safety at risk. It’s usually a lapse in maintenance, mechanical failure or a pilot error during takeoffs and landings that causes incidents.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jan 7, 2016 - 1:47AM

    Turbulence occur because of air pockets,greater the pockets greater the turbulence. Nothing to do with weather as plane is flying far above clouds when confronting air pockets.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Jan 7, 2016 - 9:44AM

    The aircraft was quite old and very congested. I have flied in Thai and emirates not to mention PIA inside Pakistan and midde east. Never experienced that kind of turbulenceRecommend

  • Pakhtun
    Jan 7, 2016 - 10:58AM


    So should be Air India people Recommend

  • S!D
    Jan 7, 2016 - 11:23AM

    PIA and Shaheen air line are not in the list of worst carriers. A great achievement for Pakistan indeed!Recommend

  • Lion King
    Jan 7, 2016 - 9:28PM

    @goldconsumer: Experienced the same on Lufthansa while

    flying to Frankfurt from Dubai some years back. Recommend

  • Javed M. ( PIA pilot ret: )
    Jan 8, 2016 - 2:17AM

    @ goldconsumer & others.
    Sirs, there is no such thing as an ” air pocket.” It is a term invented by passengers.
    Yes, there are high and low pressures in the atmosphere, but there is never a vacuum
    as the term air pocket suggests. What happens is that even on a cloud-less blue sky day,
    invisible rivers of air collide, 2 mini jet-streams collide. Thus resulting in “clear air” turbulence, which no radar can detect. Can be very severe though, and all the pilot can do is
    Reduce airspeed, or ask for another flight-level. Regards!Recommend

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