AirlineRatings annual safety survey gives BA and Virgin top marks

Virgin Atlantic-British AirwaysThe annual airline safety review by has placed two of the UK’s carriers in the Top 20. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both garnered a ranking at the top of the table of the 409 major airlines assessed for this year’s survey.

AirlineRatings factors in all aspects of airline safety and safety history for its survey. These include checks carried out by civil aviation agencies and other national government organisations, previous accident records, how old fleets are and if there have been new additions to the fleets.

AirlineRatings did not give place numbers for this year’s study and just released the list of the Top 20 in alphabetical sequence. Australia carrier Qantas usually gets a special mention for its almost unblemished safety record, but this year was just given a Top 20 ranking.

Virgin Atlantic’s Ozzie stablemate Virgin Australia also made the Top 20 and is additional proof choosing to fly Virgin is a good decision from a safety aspect. The other airlines in the safety Top 20 were all full-service carriers.

Award-winning Singapore Airlines made the grade and was joined by fellow Asian carriers EVA AIR, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Emirates, Royal Jordanian and Etihad were the Middle Eastern airlines to feature in the 20 while Air New Zealand was the third Australasian carrier.

Five other European airlines to make the grade in the safety elite for 2018 were SAS, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa and SWISS. Just two of the four US airlines included in last year’s Top 20 were still on this year’s. These were Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines.



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