Last year was the safest year on record in aviation history, as no fatal accidents with commercial passenger jets occurred (excluding propeller planes and cargo jets).
AirlineRatings.com releases an annual list of the world’s 20 safest carriers, which are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety and of the launching of new aircraft. Here is our pick of the top 10 of airlines that have not had a plane crash (yet).
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Founded in 1920, Qantas is the world’s 3rd oldest airline (behind KLM and Avianca) and has grown to be Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Over its 97-year history, Qantas has amassed an amazing record of firsts in safety and operations and is widely regarded as the world’s safest airline since it hasn’t suffered any accidents in the modern jet era.
Qantas’ reputation for safety gained instant worldwide fame in 1988 because of the movie Rain Man, when Dustin Hoffman’s character claimed that ‘Qantas never crashes’.
You can read my review of Qantas in First Class.
Etihad Airways is the flag carrier and the second largest airline of the United Arab Emirates (after Emirates). If offers the most luxurious First Class suites in the sky, the world’s best airline lounges, the most delicious airline food, and the world’s most luxurious A380 First Class cabins. You can read my reviews of Etihad in Business Class and First Class.
EVA Air is the second largest Taiwanese airline (after China Airlines) and based at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, Taiwan. This 5-star airline, rated by Skytrax, flies to over 40 international destinations spread across 4 continents.
Finnair, which operates out of Helsinki Airport, is one of the world’s oldest operating airlines. It was founded over 90 years ago in 1923. Finnair is consistently ranked one of the safest airlines in the world. You can read my reviews of Finnair in Business Class.
Now in its 86th year of service, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian also offers non-stop service to Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti.
Having never suffered from a fatal accident or a hull loss throughout its history, Hawaiian frequently tops the list of the world’s safest carriers. It also has the fewest cancellations, oversales, and baggage handling. You can read my reviews of Hawaiian Airlines in First Class.
The low-cost carrier Jetblue is the 6th largest airline in the USA, with its main base at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The company was founded in 1999 and carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights aboard a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 and Embraer E190 planes. It has never had a plane crash
Since its launch in 1997, Qatar Airways has earned many awards and accolades, becoming one of an elite group of airlines worldwide to have earned a 5-star rating by Skytrax. As an industry leader in aviation safety, the airline has demonstrated a strong safety and security performance record.
Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson 33 years ago. It now operates a fleet of 39 aircraft serving 26 destinations across four continents from its bases at London’s Heathrow, London’s Gatwick, and Manchester airport.
Alongside joint venture partner Delta Air Lines they operate the leading transatlantic network, offering up to 39 flights per day between the UK and US. The Virgin-branded airline has not incurred a major accident since its launch in 1984.
We have reviewed Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class on a number of occasions.
Yes really! the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is Europe’s largest airline by scheduled passengers flown. It has an industry leading 32-year, impeccable safety record, but the cabins and seats are basic and it is not an airline that the luxury traveller should be flying. We have not flown on or reviewed Ryanair!
Founded more than 40 years ago, Southwest Airlines is now the USA’s largest domestic air carrier, operating more than 4,000 weekday departures. Similar to Ryanair, Southwest operates an exclusive fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, making it the largest operator of the Boeing 737 worldwide, with over 700 in service, each averaging six flights per day. The carrier has maintained an excellent safety record as not a single passenger has died as a result of an accident.
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