Qantas, Air New Zealand top list of world’s safest airlines: Qantas and Air New Zealand are the world’s safest airlines among the 448 rated, says a leading air travel website.
Airlineratings.com rated Australia’s flag carrier airline Qantas, which has never had a fatality in the jet era, as the world’s safest airline to fly with, with Air New Zealand coming in second.
Four other airlines in the Asia-Pacific region were also listed in the Top Ten safest, which were Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, EVA Air, and Korean Air.
Following Qantas and Air New Zealand, the rest of the Top Ten were (in order): Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, EVA Air, Korean Air, and Royal Jordanian.
The air travel site also listed the lowest ranked airlines as One Star, Kam Air, Scat, and Bluewing Airlines.
The website said 2013 was the safest year for flying since 1945, with only 269 deaths from 29 accidents, according to reports.
These figures are well below the 10-year average of 719 deaths and 32 accidents, according to Aviation Safety Network.
The worst accident of 2013 saw 44 passengers and six crew killed aboard a Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 flight from Moscow to Kazan, when the plane exploded in flames on landing.
The year’s most miraculous escape was the 304 passengers and crew that were unhurt following a spectacular crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July. The plane hit the runway sea wall and flipped around, killing three passengers.
The AirlineRatings.com website’s safety rating takes into consideration the European Union black list, which bans most airlines from a total of 21 countries, which include Angola, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Indonesia (with the exception of five airlines), Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Nepal, the Philippines (with the exception of one airline), Sudan, Swaziland, and Zambia.