Emirates is one of the world’s safest airlines, according to a study carried out by AirlineRatings.com.
The airline safety website examined 409 major airlines before compiling its its annual top 20 safest airlines list.
Joining Emirates - which took the titles World's Leading Airline - First Class 2017, World’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme 2017 and World's Leading Airline Website 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards - on the list of 20 (which is not ranked) are Ethiad Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines.
“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com’s Editor-in-Chief.
The site also listed their top 10 safest low-cost airlines. Flybe, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook all made the cut but it was bad news for Ryanair and easyJet, neither of whom made an appearance in the list.
Thomas explained: “Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.”
AirlineRatings.com also announced its lowest ranked airlines for 2018 which featured the likes of Air Koryo, North Korea’s flag carrier, Suriname based Bluewing Airlines, four Nepalese carriers - Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines - and Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service.
However if you’re flying soon and your chosen airline doesn’t appear on the top 20 safest airlines list, fear not.
According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), which records all air crashes and incidents reported around the world, the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is currently 0.06 per million flights - that’s just one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.
Furthermore, airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, making 2017 the safest year ever for commercial air travel.
See you in the skies…