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07 Jan 2015

World's safest airlines revealed!

Airlines from around the world have been reviewed, audited and their safety records put under the microscope – all to determine which of the bunch are the world’s safest airlines in 2015.

The list couldn’t come at a better time, not only with it being the beginning of 2015 but with last year being a particularly tough year in airline safety.

In total 2014 saw 21 fatal accidents and 986 fatalities. That’s higher than the ten-year average.

To help ease travellers’ minds, air safety and product rating website, AirlineRatings.com and its team of experts have announced their top ten safest airlines of 2015.

Topping the list again is Australia’s very own Qantas, which continues to fly with a fatality free record.

AirlineRatings.com editors said they reviewed the airline’s 94-history and Qantas continues to have a record of firsts in safety and operations. It is also now seen as ‘the world’s most experienced airline’.

“Qantas was the lead airline with real time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue.” (AirlineRatings.com)

Making up the rest of the list are Air New Zealand, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

For the first time, the airline website also compiled a top ten list of the safest low cost carriers for the next 12 months.

With Qantas’ safety record, it’s no surprise that its budget offshoot Jetstar made the list.

Other airlines to also make the list include Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair, Jetblue, Kulula.com, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly and Westjet.

AirlineRatings.com said these airlines were selected because unlike other no-frills airlines, they have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit and have ‘excellent’ safety records.

Of the 449 airlines surveyed 149 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less.

As published in KarryOn 7/1/2015