Top 20 Safest Airlines in the World: Report

Chicago-based United Airlines was also named among the top safest airlines

Every airline makes safety a top priority, but which ones can actually claim they are among the safest? released its list of the world’s safest airlines for 2016. Australia’s Qantas airline was named the safest for the third straight year, according to the report. Qantas has gone fatality free since the beginning of jet travel.

The website also named Chicago-based United Airlines among the top safest airlines. Like Qantas, United received a seven out of seven safety rating, according to

Scores were calculated using seven categories, including whether the airline is IOSA certified, which is an internationally accepted system used to evaluate the operational management and control systems of an airline, according to the report.

Other criteria used to score include whether the airline is on the European Union blacklist, if the airline is FAA endorsed, and if the airline has gone fatality free for the past 10 years, according to the survey. In all, monitors 407 airlines.

Here are the top 20 of the world’s safest airlines in alphabetical order, according to the report:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
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