The world’s only safety and product rating website, which monitors 448 airlines worldwide, has announced the top ten safest airlines for 2013, with Qantas taking pole position.
The rating system takes into account a number of different factors relating to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and major associations, as well as government audits and airline fatality records.
Joining Qantas in the top ten list for safety and in-flight products were Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Qantas has adopted cockpit innovations such as automatic landings using global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), precision approaches and real-time monitoring of engines.
The Aviation Safety Network, a private research group based in the Netherlands, reported that with 31 million commercial flights worldwide, there were 29 airline accidents and 265 fatalities, making 2013 one of the safest years on record. In fact, the last two years have shown a dramatic drop from the decade average of 720 fatalities per year.
The President of the Aviation Safety Network, Harro Ranter, said “Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, probably to a great extent thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.”