The World’s Safest Airlines

In the wake of the recent crash of Japan Airlines Flight 516 in Tokyo, the importance of airline safety has been brought sharply into focus. To provide some reassurance, we’re sharing AirlineRatings’ list of the top 25 safest airlines for 2024.

AirlineRatings.com, a leading platform that provides safety and product ratings for 385 airlines worldwide, has released its annual ranking of the world’s safest airlines. The ranking is based on a comprehensive seven-point rating system that takes into account factors such as accident rates, safety audits, fleet age, and aircrew training.

The top 25 airlines, which represent the pinnacle of safety and innovation in the industry, are as follows:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Qantas
  3. Virgin Australia
  4. Etihad Airways
  5. Qatar Airways
  6. Emirates
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. Finnair
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. Alaska Airlines
  11. SAS
  12. Korean Air
  13. Singapore Airlines
  14. EVA Air
  15. British Airways
  16. Turkish Airlines
  17. TAP Air Portugal
  18. Lufthansa/Swiss Group
  19. KLM
  20. Japan Airlines
  21. Hawaiian Airlines
  22. American Airlines
  23. Air France
  24. Air Canada Group
  25. United Airlines

According to Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of AirlineRatings.com, these airlines stand out in the industry for their commitment to safety, innovation, and the introduction of new aircraft. The competition was particularly tight between Air New Zealand and Qantas, with a mere 1.50 points separating the two. However, the age of the fleet tipped the scales in favor of Air New Zealand.

Thomas notes that all airlines experience incidents daily, many of which are related to aircraft or engine manufacturing issues rather than operational problems. The key differentiator between a good airline and an unsafe one is how the flight crew handles these serious incidents. Read More here.

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