These are the world’s safest airlines – Asia Pacific comes up trumps

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Asia-Pacific has 7 of the safest airlines in the world. Source: beeboys/Shutterstock

ASIAN airlines aren’t always closely associated with safety.

The case of MH370 in Malaysia dented confidence in the country’s flag carrier, while commercial and military planes too regularly have accidents across the region.

According to the latest rankings from, however, 7 out of the top 20 airlines for safety in the world are those from the Asia-Pacific.

Those included in the Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2018 are “standouts” who are “at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft”, said Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.

Air New Zealand was also recently awarded Airline of the Year 2018 by Source: Shutterstock

Those in the Top 20 from the region were: Air New Zealand (New Zealand), All Nippon Airways (Japan), Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong), Japan Airlines (Japan), Qantas (Australia), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), and Virgin Australia (Australia).

“Australia’s Qantas has been recognised by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline,” said Thomas.

“Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era.”

The Top 20 took into consideration safety factors including airlines’ fleet age, crash and serious incident records, audits from aviation’s governing bodies and industry associations, and government audits.

Other airlines named in the list were: Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System and Virgin Atlantic.

Japan Airlines flight

Source: Japan Airlines also named a Top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2018, naming HK Express and Jetstar Australia among the high performers.

“All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. And it is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one,” said Thomas.

The site also released its lowest ranked (one star) airlines, four of which were Nepalese: Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air and Yeti Airlines.

Indonesian carrier Trigana Air Service was also named among the lowest ranked.

This article originally appeared on our sister site Asian Correspondent