AirlineRatings.com has released its rankings for the safest and least safe carriers for 2016. Qantas topped the table on safety for the 407 airlines flying scheduled services that were assessed by the referees for the independent air product website.
The airlines had the chance of a maximum seven stars, but one was deducted straight away for carriers that only operated Russian-built aeroplanes. Other factors judges took into account were whether the airline had International Air Transport Association (IATA) accreditation, had ever been grounded and had been blacklisted by EU authorities.
Records of accidents were also factored in and this is where Qantas was singled out for praise as it has never had an accident in which people were killed since the dawn of the jet-engine era. This year was the third one running in which the Australian carrier scooped up the same award.
A total of 148 carriers garnered the full seven points. This included British Airways although the UK airline did not make it into the top 20. Other carriers such as United Airlines, Emirates and Etihad Airways did make the A-list.
At the other end of the table, 50 airlines were awarded three or less stars with 10 of them scoring just one. AirlineRatings.com also assessed budget carriers for this year’s rankings, but disqualified those without IATA certification. Thomas Cook Airlines and Flybe both made the top 20 on this list.
AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas noted that the top 20 safe airlines were generally similar from year-to-year. He finished off by saying that in the assessors’ minds Qantas was still number one when it came to safety and its unblemished record on the issue.