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The world’s safest airlines in 2020 revealed

Qantas wins new 'world's safest airline' title. Source: Getty

The world’s safest airlines in 2020 have been named, with Qantas topping the list, new AirlineRatings data has revealed.

In assessing the airlines, AirlineRatings’ editors and industry advisors looked at audits from governing bodies, the airlines’ crash and serious incident record, fleet age, financial position and pilot training and culture.

“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 pure-jet era,” AirlineRatings’ editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas stated.

Air New Zealand came in second, after also claiming the title of “Airline of the Year 2020” in another AirlineRatings race.

Here is the full list:

  1. Qantas

  2. Air New Zealand

  3. EVA Air

  4. Etihad

  5. Qatar Airways

  6. Singapore Airlines

  7. Emirates

  8. Alaska Airlines

  9. Cathay Pacific Airways

  10. Virgin Australia

  11. Hawaiian Airlines

  12.  Virgin Atlantic Airlines

  13. TAP Portugal

  14. SAS

  15. Royal Jordanian

  16. Swiss

  17. Finnair

  18. Lufthansa

  19. Aer Lingus

  20.  KLM

The ratings also looked at low-cost carriers. 

Here are the world’s 10 safest low-cost airlines:

  1. Air Arabia

  2. Flybe

  3. Frontier

  4. HK Express

  5. IndiGo

  6. Jetblue

  7. Volaris

  8. Vueling

  9. Westjet

  10. Wizz

Thomas said while all airlines have incidents, many can be manufacturing related, rather than airline operational problems.

“It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading,” Thomas said.

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