The world’s safest and least safe airlines – and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both fly high

BRITISH Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the only two UK airlines featured in the top 20 world’s safest airlines.

They join other big names like Singapore Airlines, KLM and Emirates in the ranking, which looked at a total of 409 airlines.

The safety rating website listed the top 20 in alphabetical order instead of singling out any particular company, but Australian carrier Qantas got praise for its unblemished fatality record.

Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas 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.

“But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.

“These [20] airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety and innovation.”

The site also listed their top ten safest low-cost airlines, which included Flybe, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook.

But neither Ryanair or easyJet made an appearance.

Geoffrey said: ““Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.”

While they didn’t make the top ten, Ryanair and easyJet also didn’t appear in the least safe airlines for 2018.

They included the likes of Air Koryo, North Korea’s flag carrier, Bluewing Airlines, based in Suriname and Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service.

Passengers shouldn’t be too concerned even if their next flight isn’t in the top 20 safest airlines though.

The fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is currently 0.06 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.

Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, that made 2017 the safest year ever for commercial air travel.

Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported yesterday that there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017.


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