Fear of flying? Feel safe in the skies – we’ve got the top ten safest airlines to put your mind at ease when travelling.
Even the most experienced flyer still feels a tingle of fear when turbulence rocks their plane and with the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 still unknown and a Qantas flight bound for Melbourne recently turning tail due to engine vibrations, airline safety has never been more important.
To put your mind at ease and help you decide where to place your trust when it comes to air travel we have complied a list of the world’s safest airlines. Using a rating system that takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, as well as the airline’s own safety data, AirlineRatings.com have provided safety ratings for more than 435 airlines around the world.
Check out the world’s ten safest airlines:
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
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Despite the fact that a Qantas A330 passenger jet bound for Melbourne was forced to return to Hong Kong recently due to an engine vibration, the Australian airline has been deemed the safest in the world according to government audits and the airline’s own fatality record. The airline holds a fatality-free record in the jet era since 1951 and has a high volume of passengers.
Qantas was the first international airline to operate around-world service with its Lockheed Super Constellations in 1958 and the first to take delivery of the Boeing 707 outside the US in 1959. They were also amongst the first to pioneer technical breakthroughs such as long-range operations for twin-engine planes and the development of the Future Air Navigation System.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand was named airline of the Year in 2010 and 2012 by Air Transport World after undergoing a restructure in 2001. Although they suffered a crash in 1979, the airline has been accident free for the last 20 years.
Emirates has had no fatal accidents and are one of only a few airlines that operate fleet of wide-bodied aircrafts and are based at one of the world’s largest and most efficient airports. They are also the largest international airline in the world in volume of passengers and distance flown.
Etihad is the national airline of United Arab Emirates and is based in Abu Dhabi. The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre has named it one of the safest in the world.
This airline was established in 1972 and holds a fatality and accident-free record that spans the last 20 years.
The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre named this airline the best in the world in 2013 and it has a accident-free record for the last two decades.
Virgin Atlantic is one of just a few airlines to operate an all wide-body fleet and has a fatality and accident-free record.
Along with some of the other contenders on the list Taiwanese airline EVA Air has a casualty and fatality-free safety record.
One of the inaugural members of the SkyTeam alliance in June 2000, Korean Air transported its 150 millionth passenger in 1994 and has had no fatal accidents in the last decade.
This airline, established in 1974, has a high volume of passengers yet has been accident free for the last 20 years.