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Top 10 World's Safest Airlines

Updated on January 1, 2017

Which Airlines Are The World's Safest?

Flight safety is something that most of us take for granted, but some airlines are undoubtedly safer than others.

Have you ever wondered which are the worlds's safest and the World's most dangerous airlines?

Information on this page is taken from a survey by askmen.com as well as Wikipedia and results are ranked on the basis of the number of flights since the last fatal accident. It should be noted that the only airline never to have suffered a fatal accident in the jet age is Qantas, however due to the relatively small number of flights per day that they operate compared to larger airlines they only make it to number four on the list of the world's safest airlines

Please bear in mind that there are other ways to rank airlines for safety, however all of the airlines on this page have excellent safety records by any measure.

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10. Cathay Pacific

Safest Airlines In The World

Based in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946. It is part of the Oneworld Alliance.

It has not had a fatal accident since 1972 and since then has flown over one million flights.

Cathay Pacific won airline of the year from Skytrax in 2009

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8= TAP Portugal - Safest Airlines In The World

Tap Portugal World's safest airlines
Tap Portugal World's safest airlines

TAP Portugal is the national carrier of Portugal. It is a member of the Star Alliance

TAP's last major accident was in 1977.which was its only accident with fatalities. In this incident flight 425 overshot the runway at Funchal and ended up on the beach.

In 2009 TAP carried 541,000 passengers.

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8= Aerolineas Argentinas - Safest Airlines In The World

Aerolineas Argentinas Safest airline
Aerolineas Argentinas Safest airline

Aerolineas Argentinas is the flag carrier airline for Argentina.

Despite near bankruptcy in the the 1990s and early 2000s, the airline continued to operate and was taken back into state control in 2008.

Despite 42 incidents with Aerolineas Argentinas since 1950 including a near collision with the World Trade Centre antenna in 1981 there have been no fatal accidents since 1970.

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7. Air New Zealand - Safest Airlines In The World

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air new zealand safest airline

As the only carrier on this list with flights going around the whole world this airline would be a very safe bet for a round the world trip.

Air New Zealand is the national airline and flag carrier for New Zealand and a member of the Star Alliance.

It carries around 12 million passengers annually.

Its last fatal accident on an Air New Zealand owned and operated plane was in 1979.

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6. Aer Lingus - Safest Airlines In The World

Aer Lingus Safest Airline
Aer Lingus Safest Airline

Aer Lingus may be a small airline, but it is certainly a safe one.

Aer Lingus flew 10 million passengers in 2009

The last fatal accident for the airline was in 1968, since which time only three non fatal incidents have occurred.

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5.Finnair - Safest Airlines In The World

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Finnair carries approximately 10 million passengers a year, and does so very safely with no fatal accidents or major incidents since 1963.

Finland's largest airline and flag carrier, Finnair is a member of the Oneworld Alliance.

Interesting fact: Finnair cabin crew are required to wear gloves for safety reasons during take off and landing.

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4. Qantas - Safest Airlines In The World

Qantas last fatal incident was in 1951 - Qantas has not had a single fatal accident in the jet age.

Qantas is the national airline of Australia and operates out of Sydney, Australia.

Qantas has recently suffered a number of serious incidents including a problem with an engine on one of its A380s that resulted in the grounding of its entire A380 fleet. Nonetheless none of these incidents resulted in a fatality and Qantas retained its status as the only airline without a single fatality in the jet age.

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3. All Nippon Airways - Safest Airlines In The World

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ana worlds safest airlines

All Nippon Aiways (ANA) is Japan's second largest airline.

ANA has a number of special liveries for its craft including two pokémon and one panda themed aircraft.

Despite two hijackings in the 1990s it has flown successfully since 1971 without any fatalities.

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2. Air Canada - Safest Airlines In The World

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Air Canada Flight

Air Canada has made over 4.8million flights since its last fatal accident occurred in 1983. Although this means that it has the most recent accident of any of the airlines on this list, that factor is offset by the fact that the airline has flown so many flights since that time.

Air Canada is the flag carrier and national airline of Canada and was a founding member of the Star Alliance. In 2006 Air Canada carried 34 million passengers.

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1. British Airways - Safest Airlines In The World

British Airways safest Airline in the world
British Airways safest Airline in the world

Based on the number of flights flown since the last fatal accident British Airways tops the safety league of the World's Safest Airlines, with no fatal accidents since 1976. Since that time they have flown over six million flights without a single fatality.

The 1976 incident, a mid air collision is the airline's only fatal accident since the company was formed in 1974.

British Airways, the UK national airline and a member of Oneworld flies 30-40 million passengers a year.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That was Air France, not British Airways.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is this list old?!? British airways had a fatal crash outside Brasil close to Fernado Norona with no survivors and just a few years ago. !!!!

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      SeriousWanderlust 4 years ago

      Qantas is my favourite!!!

      Best airline!

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      Traveller579 4 years ago

      Superb lens about safe airline in world.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      thanks for making this lens, it's good to know which airlens are known for their safety... :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Delta Airlines, I think that they are a very safe company and that they think of the comfort of their customers

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Southwest Airlines has only ever had one fatality......and he wasn't even on the plane

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wasn't to bad but Im scared ever since I saw the twin towers :( that was real sad and something that's effected us over in England too. Maybe not as bad as the people who have been through it in real life. Its made me scared to fly though!

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      angelbucket 5 years ago

      Love British Airways :) Have every faith in them - not only safe but very friendly and professional service! Never been let down before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Caribbean airways has never had a fatal accident ... there was one accident last year in guyana where everyone survived and that is the extent of their accidents

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Caribbean airways has never had a fatal accident ... there was one accident last year in guyana where everyone survived and that is the extent of their accidents

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really? Could be Aerolíneas Argentinas safer than LAN Airlines?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looking at the records on Wikipedia, I am of the understanding that Southwest deserves recognition as one of the world's safest airlines. They did crash a few times in its history, but no Southwest Airlines passenger has been killed in any of these incidents.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would agree, if not for the fact that they're probably also taking into account the number of flight hours clocked by the airlines each year. Since El Al does not operate nearly as many flights as Qantas or Speedbird, there's less opportunity for fatality. I will say, however, that El Al is the most secure airline in the world. Being where they are, Israelis take security very seriously. The only fatal crash involving an El Al airplane was a cargo 747 in Amsterdam, whose downing was caused by a mechanical failure in the engine fuse pins - not by a terrorist attack. So yes, El Al is safe, but because of its size, a single accident weighs more heavily on El Al than it does on airline giants like Qantas or Speedbird. Perhaps, under a different scoring system i.e. one that measured total casualties, El Al would make the top 10.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i strongly feel that el al is by far the world's safest

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Interesting list and great lens! thanks!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I thought I would check your list to see if I could fly one, but none of them are options for me. A good lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PLUNA (Primeras,Lineas Uruguayas de Navegación Aerea - " Uruguayan First Airlines) which was recently closed never had a Crash. PLUNA operated for 76 years and were Uruguay mayor operator. It covered routes with Brazil, Argentina (13 flights per day) and Chile. PLUNA had a crash during a test flight in 1963 but since it was a test flight it is not considered a commercial crash.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Finnair because they have best flights flights from Helsinki which is my closest airport. In the beginning of this page was a claim that Qantas is the only company with no fatal accidents in the jet age. But Finnairs accident in the 1963 happened with a DC3, which is a piston engine aircraft.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Thanks for putting this list together. This is important information for someone planning a flight.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never flown but will certainly keep this in mind if I ever do, very nicely presented. Years ago my sister flew over to Siberia and interestingly enough, she felt the safest on Aeroflot and said that she felt the presence of angels, which is probably what explains that feeling of safety.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Royal Brunei Airline!

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      LindaBJeter 6 years ago

      Well it depends how much it cost plus how save airline is, because even cheap airline you can find safety.

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      British Air. They don't crash because it would simply be bad manners (heh heh). Though come to think of it, there was that BA triple-7 that lost power going into Heathrow a few years back. Meh, let's blame that on Rolls-Royce...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ethiopian airline

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      edgesavvycoaching 6 years ago

      great info, thanks for the lens. I have more travel tips on www.squidoo.com/airtravelguide

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cebu Pacific

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      TAP carries a lot more passengers than the number presented in the article. In 2009 I´m pretty sure it carried more than 7500000.

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Southwest, by far. Actual quote from flight attendant on intercom (while doing a banked turn into San Francisco):

      "Those of you sitting on the left side of the plane can look out your window and see the Golden Gate Bridge. For those of you sitting on the right, you can look out your window and see sky."

      Have to love the sense of humor.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Air New Zealand, of course. When flying from NZ to CA I never even considered another airline. Quite frankly I am surprised it was at No. 7 and not higher. I love my country and everything about it! (Can you tell???)