AirlineRatings.com shortlisted the top 20 from the 385 different airlines that it monitors.
Grading Logic & Approach
The review site studies airline safety and bases its rankings on audits from governing bodies and lead associations; government audits, crashes, serious incidents and fleet age in making their determinations.
The Australian flag carrier took the top spot once again and is considered a leader year on year, according to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.
“Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the pure jet era.”
“But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records,” he said.
In second place is Qatar Airways, followed by Air New Zealand in third, Singapore Airlines in fourth and Emirates in fifth.
Eva Air is sixth place, Etihad is seventh, Alaska comes eighth, Cathay Pacific is ninth and BA comes 10th.
The rest of the list comprises Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic (11th), Hawaiian Airline (12th), Southwest Airlines (13th), Delta Air Lines (14th), American Airlines (15th), SAS (16th), Finnair (17th), Lufthansa (18th), KLM (19th) and United Airlines (20th).
These aviation companies are at the forefront of safety, innovation and operational excellence with the introduction of younger aircrafts to their fleets like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
Although there may been far less airplanes in the skies this past year, you might want to take note of the latest rankings when thinking about booking future travel plans.