Top 10 World's Safest Airlines

The World's Safest Airlines Listed And Ranked

Stepping onto an aircraft is something of an act of faith; faith that the airline you are flying with has taken all of the steps necessary to ensure that their plane is as safe as it can possibly be.

Governments around the world operate a regulatory framework which ensures that only commercial airlines that meet certain minimum standards can enter their airspace. Nonetheless there are big differences in airlines' safety records.

Below you will find airline rankings loosely based on a survey in To this I have added further information found on airline websites, as well as wikipedia and other online sources.

The basis for ranking is the number of flights since the last fatal accident, just one of many criteria that could have been chosen. This means that the only airline on the list with no crashes in the jet age (Qantas) is not actually ranked at no. 1 due to the relatively small number of flights their planes have flown.

I hope you find this list useful. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page to share your experiences with these or any other airlines.

Cathay Pacific. No. 10 World's Safest Airlines
Cathay Pacific. No. 10 World's Safest Airlines | Source

10. Cathay Pacific

Number 10 on the list of world's safest airlines is Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific operates out of Hong Kong flying all over the world. Since 1972, the year of its last fatal accident it has flown over one milion flights.

The 1972 incident involved a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong, when a bomb was detonated on board.

8th = World's Safest Airline is Tap Portugal
8th = World's Safest Airline is Tap Portugal | Source

8= TAP Portugal

In equal eighth position for the world's safest airline is TAP Portugal the Portugese national airline.

TAP Portugal's last fatal accident was a runway overshoot in Funchal when the plane missed the runway and crashed onto a beach.

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Aerolineas Argentinas 8= World's safest Airline
Aerolineas Argentinas 8= World's safest Airline | Source

8= Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas is the Argentinian national airline.

Aerolineas Argentinas has had 43 accidents since it started operating flights in 1950, but the last fatal accident was in 1970. Since then there have been no incidents which have resulted in fatalities.

7. Air New Zealand

NO. 7 World's Safest Airlines Air New Zealand
NO. 7 World's Safest Airlines Air New Zealand

7. Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is the NZ national airline, operating out of Auckland NZ. It runs flights to 24 different international destinations and does so very safely indeed.

The last fatal accident was in 1979 when a mid air collision resulted in 257 fatalities. Since then Air New Zealand has had a number of incidents but no fatalities on their owned and operated flights.

6. World's Safest Airlines Aer Lingus
6. World's Safest Airlines Aer Lingus | Source

6. Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus operates out of Dublin Airport in Ireland and is the flag carrier of Ireland.

It has had no fatal accidents since 1968 and very few non fatal accidents in the intervening years.

Aer Lingus was severely affected by the September 11th attacks, but has since returned to profitable operations.

Finnair. 5. World's safest airlines
Finnair. 5. World's safest airlines | Source

5. Finnair

Finnair, part of Oneworld is Finland's national airline and centers its operations out of Helsinki Airport. It has airline lounges at both Helsinki and Stockholm airports. It flies to 55 international destinations and 15 domestic airports.

The airline has had only two fatal incidents in its history in 1961 and 1963. Since then the airline has been fatality free.

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4. World's safest airlines Qantas
4. World's safest airlines Qantas

4. Qantas

Qantas is the Australian national airline and has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Although it does not make the number one spot due to the relatively low number of flights it flies relative to other airlines, it is the only airline without a single fatality in the jet age. Were the rankings based on number of fatalities Qantas would be ranked as the world's safest airline in this list.

Qantas have recently had a series of incidents on board their flights, including one mid air problem which temporarily grounded its whole fleet of A380s. However, none of the recent incidents have resulted in any serious injury or fatality.

3. World's Safest Airlines All Nippon Airways
3. World's Safest Airlines All Nippon Airways

3. All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways or ANA is the second largest airline in Japan. It has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The last fatal accident for All Nippon was in 1971 when all 162 passengers on board flight 58 were killed following a mid air collision with a fighter jet. At the time this was the deadliest air disaster ever in history.

Since 1971 there have been a number of incidents, but no fatal accidents for All Nippon.

2. World's Safest Airlines Air Canada
2. World's Safest Airlines Air Canada | Source

2. Air Canada

Air Canada is the Canadian national airline and was founded in 1936. It has its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

It has had no fatalities on any of its flights since 1983 when a fire in the cabin caused the death of 23 of the 41 passengers. The airline has experienced seven other serious incidents since this time, but none of them have resulted in fatalities.

1. World's Safest Airline- BRITISH AIRWAYS

The World's Safest Airline- British Airways
The World's Safest Airline- British Airways | Source

1. World's Safest Airline - British Airways

British Airways is the national carrier of the United Kingdom and operates out of three main hubs: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and London City Airport.

Using number of flights since the last fatal accident as the basis for ranking, British Airways ranks as the safest airline in the world.

British Airways was formed in 1974, and since that time has experienced only one fatal accident in 1976. The 1976 incident resulted in the deaths of all 54 passengers and 9 crew on board.

Since that time there have been a number of incidents on British Airways planes, but none have resulted in a fatality, meaning that British Airways is currently the safest airline in the world.

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cesarmartins 5 years ago from Rio de janeiro, Brazil

That's really useful and informative. Indeed, I supposed the same about EL-AL.

Glad to read another excellent post from you.


Best wishes.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Ooops...I was going to guess that EL AL would be #1. I see that someone else thought so, as well. Very interesting to read the statistics.

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BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Thank you for publishing this, I will keep it in mind the next time I make my way for the air. Voted up and useful.

Reena J 5 years ago

happy to see your good list. I strongly agree with your first four rankings...

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TheFont 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi there Reuvera,

The reason El Al isn't in the list is simply that it flies a small number of flights. The criteria for this list was number of flights since last fatal accident which means that the very large airlines are probably over represented because they fly a lot of flights. El Al last had a fatal accident in 1992 but simply haven't flown as many flights as the others here since then, so don't make the list.

Whichever criteria you use you come up with a slightly different list, but I just had to go with one and this one seemed a reasonable basis.

I must confess I have flown a lot of airlines but never El Al probably because they don't fly from where I live.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

A nice list, but I am surprised that you didn't mention EL-AL, Israeli airlines. EL-AL is agreed to be the most secure airline. Wikipedia admits that "El Al is widely acknowledged as the world's most secure airline, after foiling many attempted hijackings and terror attacks through its security protocols.

If you take statistics of accidents, it is also very low comparing to other airlines.

And EL-AL on-board services are the best in the world no doubt. I flew by many airlines, there's no other as high in security and service as AL-AL.

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TheFont 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks! I agree, I think Qantas is the best- but then I'm Australian! Thanks for your kind words.

Husky1970 5 years ago

Very interesting list. Although the Rainman (Dustin Hoffman) might disagree with the 4th place finish of Qantas, you seem to have the research and facts on your side to validate your rankings. Excellent hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting

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