The Jakarta Post
An airplane takes off from a runway. (dpa via AP/Felix Kaestle)
Australia's flag carrier Qantas has been named world's safest airline for the fourth time by safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com.
Announced on Thursday, Qantas is said to have "a fatality free record in the jet era" based on the website's criteria, which include airline crashes and serious incidents, audits from aviation governing bodies, fleet age and history, safety technology and profitability.
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Following behind Qantas, the top 20 safest airlines for 2017 are, in alphabetical order: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
The website also announced a list of top ten safest low-cost airlines, which include Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.
Launched in June 2013, AirlineRatings.com claims that it monitored up to 425 carriers to create the 2017 list. (kes)