Qantas tops list of safest airlines

Safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2016 from the 407 it monitors, the company said.

Top of the list for the third year running is Australia´s Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era.

Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, 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 does not numerically rank its safest airlines as they are so close in operational safety but selects one overall standout airline.

Responding to public interest, the 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, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.

AirlineRatings.com´s rating system takes into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation´s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline´s crash record.

AirlineRating.com´s editorial team also examined each airline´s operational history, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.