AirlineRatings.com is the world’s only safety and product rating website (Smith, 2016). This website has recently announced its top twenty safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2016 from the 407 it monitors.
Australia’s Qantas is the number one in the list. The remaining airlines in the top 20 list are (in alphabetical order): 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, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia (Smith, 2016).
AirlineRatings.com considers a number of factors to assess the safety of airlines and compile its ranking list. Operational history, incident records and operational excellence of the airlines, and audits from governing bodies are some of the factors the website considers to make the final list.
“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft,” said Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com editor. “These airlines are always at the forefront for excellence in the safety space,” he added (cited in The Telegraph, 2016).
Amid a number of airline disasters, and pilots of some airlines raising concerns about negative practices and safety standards, this announcement from AirlineRatings.com will be of some very good comfort for worrying travellers and their well-wishers. Airlines should go beyond just meeting acceptable safety standards and must prioritise the safety of passengers over anything else.
The article publication date: June 2016
Smith, C. (2016) Who are the world’s safest airlines for 2016? Available from http://www.airlineratings.com/news/630/who-are-the-worlds-safest-airlines-for-2016 (27 May 2016)
Author: M Rahman
M Rahman writes extensively online with an emphasis on business management, marketing, and tourism. He is a lecturer in Management and Marketing. He is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University and London South Bank University.