The World's Safest Airlines for 2016

An annual survey of the world's biggest airlines has revealed the world's best airlines at ensuring passenger protection. Twenty airlines have just been named as the world's safest to fly in for 2016. Aviation website,, which reviewed 407 airlines, for the third year in a row picked Australia’s Qantas as the world’s safest. According to the website, the Australian carrier has an "extraordinary record" with no recorded fatalities since the advent of jet travel. "Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft," said editor Geoffrey Thomas.

The World's Safest Airlines for 2016

The rating website said it does not numerically rank its safest airlines as “they are so close in operational safety”, but it does pick out “one overall standout airline. "However, there is no question that Qantas remains a standout in safety enhancements and best practice,” said Thomas. This survey examined audits from aviation governing bodies and lead associations, as well as government audits and fatality records for each airline. It also looked at operational histories, incident records and operational excellence of each airline.

Here is the full list of the world's safest airlines:

  • American Airlines

  • Alaska Airlines

  • All Nippon Airways

  • Air New Zealand

  • Cathay Pacific Airways

  • Emirates

  • Etihad Airways

  • EVA Air, Finnair

  • Hawaiian Airlines

  • Japan Airlines

  • KLM

  • Lufthansa

  • Qantas Airways

  • Scandinavian Airline System

  • Singapore Airlines

  • Swiss

  • United Airlines

  • Virgin Atlantic

  • Virgin Australia

Unfortunately, the announcemen follows another troubling year for aviation with two significant disasters reigniting surrounding issues and concerns over the mental well-being of aircraft pilots. On 3 January it was revealed that for the second year running, the main cause of aviation deaths in 2015 was "unlawful interference" - in other words, murder - according to a report by one of the leading air safety firms. In March, an Airbus A320-211 operated by budget carrier Germanwings crashed into the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. In August, 224 people were killed when a Russian Metrojet Airbus A321-231 broke apart shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport in Egypt. It's hard to forget still-unsolved disappearance of MH370 and MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine. Despite these tragedies, 2015 was a safer year for aviation than the previous 12 months.

The World's Safest Airlines for 2016