Australia’s national airline Qantas was named as the world’s safest airline by AirlineRatings.com on 6 January 2015. The airline was lauded for amassing an extraordinary record of firsts in safety history and operations over its 94-year history.
Qantas was praised for the way it monitors the engines of its aircraft using satellite communications and had a fatality free record in the jet era.
The website said that the Australian airline Qantas has been a leader in development of the Future Air Navigation System, Flight Data Recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance, automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud using RNP.
The website announced its top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from 449 it monitors.
Top ten safest airlines include
• Qantas of Australia
• Air New Zealand of New Zealand
• British Airways of the UK
• Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong
• Emirates of UAE
• Etihad Airways of UAE
• EVA Air of Taiwan
• Finnair of Finland
• Lufthansa of Germany
• Singapore Airlines of Singapore
Top ten safest low cost airlines include
• Aer Lingus of Ireland
• Alaska Airlines of the US
• Icelandair of Iceland
• Jetblue of the US
• Jetstar of Australia
• Kulula.com of South Africa
• Monarch Airlines of Britain
• Thomas Cook of Britain
• TUI Fly of Germany
• Westjet of Canada
It is world’s only safety and product rating website and was launched in June 2013. To rate the airlines it takes into account a range of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies such as the FAA and ICAO as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record. It also examines each airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence.