Airlines Will Exercise a Greater Focus on Safety in 2018

  • Airlines Will Exercise a Greater Focus on Safety in 2018

Airlines Will Exercise a Greater Focus on Safety in 2018

Added Airlineratings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas in a statement: "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". Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have ideal records in the jet era.

BRITISH Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the only two United Kingdom airlines featured in the top 20 world's safest airlines.

The New Year airline safety report also ranked those carriers that were not as careful and diligent in 2017.

In Asia, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines made the top 20 for safety. Close to 3.7 billion people flew in 2016, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with numbers rising steadily year-on-year for the last decade.

ASN President Harro Ranter explained that since 1997, "the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by global aviation organizations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry". Only two carriers based in the US made the list: Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines.

Now, if you need to get somewhere but can't afford to spend the money on any flights with these airlines, AirlineRatings.com has also released the Top 10 Safest Budget Airlines list.

To arrive at its top 20, AirlineRatings.com takes into account safety factors including audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, airlines' records of crashes and serious incidents and fleet age.

According to Mr Thomas, the site only looks at serious incidents in making its determinations.

"All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems, he says".

In terms of budget air carriers, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook in Europe were among the few low-priced flight providers that have scored satisfactorily on the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit, which is known to be a particularly strict assessment.

Colorado's Frontier Airlines is a new entry on the 2018 list, taking a slot vacated by Singapore's Jetstar Asia.

AirlineRatings rates the safety and in-flight product of 409 airlines using its seven-star rating system.

North Korea's Air Koryo, an airline that operates on a sporadic basis, was the lowest rated Asian airline.