Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline, after a turbulent year for the industry when fatal air accidents soared above the 10-year average.
In a report published by AirlineRatings.com , Qantas was praised for amassing “an extraordinary record of firsts” in safety and operations.
“Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest — 7.9 years — it has been since the airline was privatized in 1995,” AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas told CNN.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
This year, the site also included a list of the top 10 safest low cost airlines for 2015.
These are, in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus (Ireland), Alaska Airlines (U.S), Icelandair (Iceland), Jetblue (U.S.), Jetstar (Australia), Kulula.com (South Africa), Monarch Airlines (UK), Thomas Cook (UK), TUIfly (Germany) and WestJet (Canada).
Was anyone else really hoping to see Ryanair or easyJet in that list?
“Unlike a number of low cost carriers these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit audit and have excellent safety records,” says Thomas. “Low cost does not mean low safety.”
The report rates 449 airlines, including low-cost carriers. Nearly 50 have just three stars or less. Four airlines only achieved one star for safety.
Two are from Nepal — Tara Air and Nepal Airlines — joining Kazakhstan’s Scat Airlines and Afghanistan’s Kam Air. Unsurprisingly all four of these airlines are banned from flying within the European Union.
Let’s hope that 2015 is a peaceful and trouble-free year for all airlines.