Safest airlines revealed
The world’s safest airlines have been revealed, with Qantas topping the list having racked up more than 60 years of service since the jet era began without a fatality.
AirlineRatings.com compared safety audits and safety records from 448 carriers to create its 2013 report, which saw 137 awarded a maximum seven stars.
Completing the top ten safest airlines behind the Australian carrier were Air New Zealand, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways and Royal Jordanian.
Overall, 2013 was the safest for flying since 1945, with only 269 deaths from 29 accidents – well below the ten-year average of 32 accidents and 719 fatalities.
However, almost 50 of the 448 airlines studied have just three stars or less, with a number having failed to complete the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which assesses the operational management and control systems of a carrier.
This is critical, because airlines that have completed IOSA have a safety record 77 per cent better than those which have not.
Of these, Qantas is the standout airline, and it was praised by AirlineRatings.com for “amassing an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations” during its 93-year history.
Commenting on the airline’s status as the world’s safest, a Qantas spokesperson told news.com.au: “Safety is our number one priority and our teams work around the clock to ensure the safety of our passengers and our crew.”
Among the initiatives pioneered by Qantas include developing the Global Navigation Satellite System to allow for automated landings and the Required Navigation Performance technology, which enables precision approaches around mountains in cloud.
During World War 2, Qantas made a notable achievement by flying 271 crossings of the world’s longest air route – a 28-hour flight between Perth and Colombo, Sri Lanka – under radio silence to evade the Japanese without a single accident.
Passengers can check the rating of all 448 airlines by visiting AirlineRatings.com.