AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website just announced its Top 20 safest airlines for 2018 list based upon the 409 carries it monitors. As everyone knows 2017 was a stellar year for commercial aviation safety and hopefully so too will be 2018.
The Top 20 safest carriers in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and, Virgin Australia.
According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, these airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.
Part of this safety record is new technology, aviation regulation and monitoring and the airline’s own discipline and safety procedures. The quality and build of airplanes also greatly contributes.
The annual Boeing Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents Worldwide Operations 1959 – 2016 lists the following aircraft as having a fatality free record; Boeing 717 (formerly the MD95), CRJ700/900/1000 regional jet, A380 superjumbo, Boeing 787, Boeing 747-8, Airbus A350, Bombardier C Series, A340 and the Airbus A320 NEO series, while the Boeing 737 MAX series has since entered service and has not been involved in an accident.
It should be noted that the CSeries, A320NEO, and B737MAX have only recently started to be delivered so the in-service numbers are small.