When an airline is doing well, it’s great for it to get praise. With all of the bad news in the airline industry, it could use some good news. Qantas has been able to deliver that good news by being ranked as the safest airline in the world. This is a much welcome title following a year where fatal air accidents have soared well above what they have in the last 10 years.
This news was announced on Tuesday night, Dec. 6, by AirlineRatings.com. In its 94-year history, Qantas has been able to keep an excellent record of safely. 2014 was, no doubt, a bad year for airline safety as a whole, with accidents taking the lives of nearly 1,000 people. That being said, the airline industry was busier than ever. In fact, airlines carried more than 3.3 billion passengers on 27 million flights. With a record low of 21 crashes, there was one plane crash out of every 1.3 million flights. People take a bigger chance driving their car to work every day.
Two of the crashes claimed the lives of 537 people. This is almost unheard of in modern times. However, if people flashback just 50 years, there were nearly 90 crashes that took the lives of almost 1,600 people. This was a time when airlines were only carrying about 141 million passengers, 5 percent fewer than are being carried today.
Qantas is able to keep its passengers safe in a number of ways. In fact, the airline uses real-time monitoring systems for its engines. This is something that is done across its whole fleet. The carrier’s planes also use state of the art satellite communication systems, allowing the pilots to stay in contact with air traffic controllers no matter where they are. These are just two of the ways that Qantas is able to detect problems before other airlines can and are the reason why Qantas is the safest airline in the world.
Other airlines that made the top 10 list of the world’s safest airlines include (in no particular order): Signapore Airlines, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Lufthansa. With airlines doing more than ever to protect their passengers, it’s looking like 2015 is going to be an even a better year for airline safety.