Each year, AirlineRatings.com reveals a list of the top 20 safest airlines in the world, examining 425 carriers based on several factors. These include the age of the fleet, incident records, audits, profits, operational excellence, government associations, and FAA endorsements. Carriers are awarded a maximum of seven stars for all of these categories combined. If the airline fails to meet the criteria, stars are not given.
For the seventh time in a row, Qantas has taken the top spot for 2020. It’s one of the only airlines in the world that is first to acquire new safety technology as soon as it becomes available. It’s one of the main reasons this Australian carrier continuously takes first place.
Following Qantas, New Zealand came in second (as it did in 2018 and 2017). Only two airlines from Asia—EVA Air and Cathay Pacific—made it to the top 20 list this year, with Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA) dropping off. As for the US, Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines are the only two carriers that ever seem to make it on to the safety list. Other major airlines know for their luxurious amenities in business and first class such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have maintained their status on the top 20 list, as they do year after year. It’s the world’s safest airlines that continue to be innovative, excel in many ways and have some of the newest fleets of aircraft on the market.
Below are all 20 airlines that have made it to the world’s safest airlines list for 2020.
2. Air New Zealand
3. EVA Air
4. Etihad Airways
5. Qatar Airways
6: Singapore Airlines
8. Alaska Airlines
9. Cathay Pacific
10. Virgin Australia
11. Hawaiian Airlines
12. Virgin Atlantic
13. TAP Air Portugal
14. Scandinavian Airline System (SAS)
15. Royal Jordanian
19. Aer Lingus
Back by popular demand, AirlineRatings.com also produced a list of the safest low-cost airlines, with the top ten being the following in alphabetical order: Air Arabia (UAE), Flybe (UK), Frontier (US), HK Express (Hong Kong), IndiGo (India), Jetblue (US), Volaris (Mexico), Vueling (Spain), Westjet (Canada) and Wizz (Hungary).
Were you surprised by the 2020 results?