World's safest, and least safe, airlines for 2019

World's safest, and least safe, airlines for 2019

"For instance, Australia's Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case in 2008 as the world's most experienced airline".

AirlineRatings.com technical and safety editor Jerry Chandler said: "It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era".

Qantas has been nominated the world's safest airline for 2019 by AirlineRatings.com, the world's only safety, and product rating website.

Qantas has also been a leader in a variety of recent cockpit innovations such as automatic landings using the Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud.

"Qantas was a clear victor given its industry leadership in safety innovation", he tells CNN Travel, spotlighting the airline's new nonstop Australia-UK route for its reliability.

AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety and in-flight product of 405 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system.

Which is why it's worth a glance at the annual AirlineRatings.com list naming the world's safest airlines - and discovering which one is rated the best.

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To reach the top 20 verdicts, AirlineRatings.com looked at audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, crash and serious incident records, the age of the fleet and more factors they deemed the most important to safety.

Etihad was also excluded because of its significant losses.

"Japan Airlines was excluded this year one of its pilots was found to be intoxicated at Heathrow Airport", he adds.

A separate list of the 10 safest low-priced carriers included Jetstar, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.

AirlineRatings only considered serious incidents when ranking the carriers, said Mr Thomas on the website.

However, the website also named four airlines as the world's worst for safety: Indonesian airline Trigana Air Service; Bluewing Airlines, based in Suriname; and two Afghan carriers, Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air. "It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one".

Besides having stand-up safety records, they also passed the strict International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which is apparently not common among low-priced airlines.

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