Australian airline Qantas and Air New Zealand have been rated as the world’s safest and second safest airlines respectively by airline ratings website AirlineRatings.com.
The site rated 448 airlines from around the world according to their safety records and the procedures and audits by aviation and government bodies.
Qantas has never recorded a passenger fatality in the jet era, i.e. since 1951, while Air New Zealand has not had a passenger fatality in the last 34 years.
137 of the 448 airlines surveyed were given the top seven-star safety ranking.
2013 was the safest year for commercial flying since 1945, with only 269 fatalities in 29 accidents worldwide – almost all of the fatalities occurred in the developing world, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
The 2013 records are better than the 10-year average which was 32 accidents a year.
The 10 safest airlines according to AirlineRatings.com are:
- Air New Zealand
- Cathay Pacific
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- EVA Air
- Korean Air
- Royal Jordanian
Qantas has been a leader in a wide variety of aviation safety innovations such as using satellite communications to monitor engines across its fleet in real-time, developing long-range operations for twin-engine planes, and advancing Air Navigation Systems including automatic landings using a Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches in clouds around mountains.
The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) is an independent organization providing up-to-date and authoritative information on airliner accidents and safety issues. ASN is an exclusive service of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).