AirlineRatings.com, an online safety and product rating web site, has announced its top 10 safest airlines and top 10 safest low cost airlines – which includes Canada’s WestJet – for 2015 from the 449 airlines it monitors.
Top of the list again is Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the remainder of the top 10 in alphabetical order are Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
AirlineRatings.com’s rating system takes into account a range of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies such as the FAA and ICAO, as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.
AirlineRatings.com officials also identified their top 10 safest low cost airlines. They are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair, Jetstar, Jetblue, Kulula.com, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly and Westjet.
Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) audit and have excellent safety records.
Of the 449 airlines surveyed, 149 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less. Five airlines only achieved one star for safety from AirlineRatings.com. These are: Agni Air, Kam Air, Nepal Airlines, Scat and Tara Air.