Stay safe – ideally, that’s what you want when flying (outside of arriving in your dream destination) and these are the airlines that are in a good position to ensure it.

They’re the safest airlines in the world, according to AirlineRatings, because they’re at the forefront of innovation, design and of course, safety.

Unsurprisingly, Qantas, the airline with a zero crash record, is on the list along with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia. Go Oceania!


In Europe, Lufthansa, Finnair, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Scandivanian Airline System, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic are excelling in safety, along with Asia and the Middle East’s All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, and EVA Air.

Meanwhile, in the US, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United are top of their safety game.


Within the low-cost segment, the top 10 safest operators (in alphabetical order) are Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia/Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.’s Editor in Chief, Geoffrey Thomas, described the top 20 carriers as standouts in the industry for their focus on safety procedures.


“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.”

Geoffrey Thomas, Editor in Chief

“It is extraordinary that Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era,” he said.

“But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”

On the other side of the spectrum, the carriers with the lowest safety ranking are Ariana Afghan Airlines, Bluewing Airlines, Kam Air, Tara Air and Trigana Air Service.


Which carriers do you consider to be the safest airlines?