The Safest and Riskiest Airlines of 2016

Australia’s flag carrier Qantas has again been named the world’s safest airline—its third year in a row—in a list released by Published annually, the independent website bases its examination of 407 carriers on a rating system that considers a variety of factors, such as fatality records, operational history, and incident and inspection reports from aviation governing bodies, independent organizations, and the government. “Our top safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft,” editor Geoffrey Thomas said in a statement. “These airlines are always at the forefront for excellence in the safety space.”

Out of all 407 airlines included in the survey, the website says 148 have managed to achieve the full seven-star safety ranking, although it notes that nearly 50 airlines earned three stars or less.  Qantas shares the list with 19 other airlines as shown below, in alphabetical order:

  1. Qantas
  2. American Airlines
  3. Alaska Airlines
  4. All Nippon Airways
  5. Air New Zealand
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Emirates
  8. Etihad Airways
  9. Eva Air
  10.  Finnair
  11.  Hawaiian Airlines
  12.  Japan Airlines
  13.  KLM
  14.  Lufthansa
  15.  Scandinavian Airline System (SAS)
  16.  Singapore Airlines
  17.  Swiss
  18.  United Airlines
  19.  Virgin Atlantic
  20.  Virgin Australia

Aside from compiling a list of the world’s safest airlines, also unveiled a list of the world’s least safest airlines, which are both full-service and budget carriers that have managed to earn not more than a one-star rating in the survey. Below is the list, in alphabetical order:

  1. Batik Air
  2. Bluewing Airlines
  3. Citilink
  4. Kal-Star aviation
  5. Lion Air
  6. Sriwijaya Air
  7. TransNusa
  8. Trigana Air Service
  9. Wings Air
  10. Xpress Air


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