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January 4, 2019 11:46 am Categorised in:

Flights can be made much better if passengers know they are in safe hands with their airline of choice. The top 20 safest airlines in the world have now been unveiled by safety and product rating website airlineratings.com. The number one safest airline for 2019 is Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia. The 98-year-old airline is the world’s oldest continuously operating airline. It “has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline,” said airlineratings.com.

It added: “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.”

For the rankings, AirlineRatings.com looks at a comprehensive range of factors. These include: audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.

UK flag carrier British Airways was named in the top 20 – which the website chose not to rank in any particular order.

Emirates, Lufthansa and American Airlines were also named among the safest airlines.

According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, these airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.

The top 20 also included Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Qatar, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines, and the Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).

Airlineratings.com also revealed the safest low-cost airlines for 2019. British Charter airline Thomas Cook and England-based Flybe was named as in the top 10.

Other budget carriers in the list are: Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia / Asia, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.

Unlike other low-cost airlines, these made the cut because they “have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records,” said airlineratings.com.

The website added: “To arrive at its Top Twenty, AirlineRatings.com takes into account the most important factors for safety.

“These include audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; and the fleet age.”

AirlineRatings.com also looked at the most dangerous airlines in the world this year.

These carriers got just one or two stars in the overall rankings of airlines.

The least safe airlines are: Ariana Afghan Airlines (Afghanistan’s national carrier), Bluewing Airlines (Suriname-based), Kam Air (Afghanistan-based) and Trigana Air Service (Indonesia-based).

The most dangerous countries in the world have also been revealed for 2019. International SOS and Control Risks have highlighted the countries which have extreme risks, many of which are found in the Middle East and Africa and shouldn’t be visited under any circumstances. 

International SOS has the following definition for countries with extreme travel risks: “Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent across large areas.

“Serious threat of violent attacks by armed groups targeting travellers and international assignees. Government and transport services are barely functional. Large parts of the country are inaccessible to foreigners.”

Top 20 safest airlines in the world 2019

Air New Zealand

Alaska Airlines

All Nippon Airways

American Airlines

Austrian Airlines

British Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways

Emirates, EVA Air


Hawaiian Airlines






Airline System

Singapore Airlines


United Airlines

Virgin group (Atlantic and Australia)

In other airline news, Ryanair cabin crew based in Spain have announced they will go on strike for three days this month if their demanded conditions are not met.