Qantas rated world's safest airline

AirlineRatings.com has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors, the company said.

Top of the list for the fourth-year running is Australia´s Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era. AirlineRatings.com does not numerically rank its top 20 safest airlines but selects one overall standout airline.

Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are; Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines. These are (in alphabetical order): Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.

In making its selections, AirlineRatings.com takes into account a range of factors that include; audits from aviation´s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline´s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.

AirlineRating.com´s editorial team, one of the world´s most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline´s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.

AirlineRatings rates the safety and in-flight product of 425 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system. It has been used by millions of passengers from 232 countries and has become the industry standard for safety and product rating. Its safety rating system was created with the help of the International Civil Aviation Organization.