Qantas named world's safest airline third time

Travel News 15 Jan 2016

An annual survey of the world's biggest airlines has seen Qantas named the world's safest for the third year running.

The Australian carrier was praised for its "extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era", with Australian carrier Virgin Australia also making the top 20, while Virgin Atlantic was the only UK airline to make it into the top 20.

Qantas topped last year's list having been noted for its "extraordinary record of firsts".

In a separate ranking for low-cost airlines, one Australian carrier and two British carriers featured - Jetstar Australia, Flybe and Thomas Cook, respectively.

The lists (see below for a full breakdown) were compiled by, an independent plane safety and product rating website.

The website provided safety ratings for 407 airlines, awarding them up to seven stars for safety. Of those surveyed, 148 were given the top seven-star safety ranking but almost 50 had just three stars or less.


By Natalie Paris and Lizzie Porter. This article is a fragment originally published on and can be read in full here