Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Emirates named world's safest airline

Emirates named world's safest airline

"Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com's editor-in-chief said that Air New Zealand has been at the forefront of new aircraft technology and was the second airline to order the 787 and the launch customer of the 787-9". Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have ideal records in the jet era.

Good news, travellers! 2017 was officially the safest year in commercial aviation history.

A Dutch consulting firm released a report of late underlining 2017 as the safest year for commercial passengers air travel, but for the United States, its President Donald Trump was quick to boast that he made sure safety of passengers with his special measures for commercial aviation.

To arrive at its Top 20 AirlineRatings.com takes into account the most important factors for safety. Close to 3.7 billion people flew in 2016, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with numbers rising steadily year-on-year for the last decade.

"For instance, Australia's Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case in 2008 as the world's most experienced airline".

In the USA, it has been 4½ years - Barack Obama was starting his second term as president - since the last deaths involving a scheduled passenger airline.

Notably absent from the 2018 list are the USA airlines Delta and United.

Qantas also made the top 20 safest list and was singled out for not having a fatality in the jet era
Qantas also made the top 20 safest list and was singled out for not having a fatality in the jet era

The website has also identified ten budget carriers which are the safest low-priced airlines including Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling, and Westjet.

"All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems, he says".

When we plan holidays, we usually go with the cheapest flight on offer because let's face it, we want to use our money for other things like eating great food and shopping when we're on holidays, but the cheapest airline isn't always the safest airline.

Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, JetBlue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and WestJet.

According to Mr Thomas, the site only looks at serious incidents in making its determinations.

As for the least safe airlines at the bottom of its list, with a one star ranking, were: Air Koryo (North Korean airline), Bluewing Airlines, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, Trigana Air Service and Yeti Airlines.

Starting in June 2013, AirlineRatings.com, began a seven-star rating system for the safety level of 409 airlines around the world.

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