Qantas has been ranked as the safest airline in the world on an annual survey of the biggest airlines in the world. The Australian airline was appreciated for its fatality-free record and Virgin Atlantic is the only airline in the UK which made its presence in the top 20. Two British airlines were Thomas Cook and Flybe were ranked in the low-cost airlines. The lists were analyzed by an independent product rating and plane safety website, AirlineRatings.com. A total of 407 airlines got safety ratings from the website and the website awarded up to 7 stars in safety measures. The website has give up to 7 stars to 148 airlines for safety and only 3 stars to 50 airlines.
The star ratings of the website considers several factors, including whether it is blacklisted by EU, if it certified by IATA or International Air Transport Association, crash record, and if airline is dedicated to safety concerns. If an airline uses only Russia-made fleet, the website removes a star. British Airways was awarded with 7-star rating along with 147 others. While deciding the top 20 airlines, AirlineRatings.com judges compared the operational excellence and history of incidents in each airline too.
Apart from Qantas, some other airlines ranked in Top 20 are American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, KLM, Finnair, United Airlines, Swiss and Virgin Atlantic. According to Geoffrey Thomas, editor at AirlineRatings.com, their top-20s are always focused at safety, operational excellence, innovation and introducing more advanced aircrafts. These airlines have always been the forerunner of excellence when it comes to safety. Have a look on the top-ranked airlines in the world:
Despite some heavy airplane mishaps in 2015, total 16 huge accidents with total of 560 fatalities were around the average of 31 accidents with 714 extreme cases over the decade. In 2014, there were 986 fatalities in 21 severe accidents. Malaysia Airlines got into trouble with 2 incidents where all passengers were missing or dead on board in 2014. Instead of 7 stars, the airline was given 5 stars. The same happened with Thomson Airways and Ryanair. According to Mr. Thomas, the rating of Malaysian airline was improved because it completes Operational Safety Audit from IATA. Like several budget airlines, Ryanair has not become the part of IATA.
Several airlines decided not to complete the audit but it doesn’t really mean they are least safe as compared to those who did it. For example, Ryanair, which didn’t complete the audit, has the non-controversial safety record for 30 years. A list of top 10 budget airlines with safety has also been published by AirlineRatings.com and all of them have conducted IOSA Audit.
The airline which was at the mid of crash, Germanwings, also retained its safety rating of 7 stars this year. In this case, pilot intentionally flew into the mountain. That was considered as a pilot suicide. The rating system is endorsed by a governing body, the International Civil Aviation Organization. If deaths are occurred because of high jacking, terrorism, or pilot suicide, they shall not be covered in crash record.
However, other airlines have records to be awarded with lower safety ratings by AirlineRatings.com. Recently, Iraqi Airways was disqualified for performing in EU airspace because of unnoticed safety issues as per the officials and the carrier was awarded with only 2 stars.
Here is the list of least safe airlines which were awarded with just 1 Star for safety –
Last year, the aviation industry in Thailand was placed under specific measures after problems flagged up by the ICAO or International Civil Aviation Organization. Thai Airways was awarded 4 stars when it comes to safety standards. They were in danger of being on EU blacklist but officials assured that they would address future changes closely.