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Qantas The World’s Safest Airline For 2020

Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for 2020 by a prominent aviation web­site, the seventh year in a row the Flying Kangaroo has received top billing.
04 Jan 2020 10:35
Qantas The World’s Safest Airline For 2020
Qantas leads the pack for the seventh year in a row.

Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for 2020 by a prominent aviation web­site, the seventh year in a row the Flying Kangaroo has received top billing.

Air New Zealand was ranked second.

AirlineRatings.com compiles an an­nual list of the world’s safest airlines using 12 criteria including major safety incidents, the age of the fleet and the number of new aircraft, and the airline’s profitability.

Its editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Thomas, has covered aviation for 45 years and developed the formula for assessing airline safety in 2013. Qantas has been No.1 every year.

“They are a standout airline amongst a group of very good air­lines,” Mr Thomas said.

“One of the impressive things about Qantas is they have been the first or second adopters of every advance­ment in safety.”

Qantas

While Qantas received top rank, the news was not as positive for the air­line’s budget offshoot Jetstar, which was ruled ineligible because of its unresolved industrial dispute with its pilots.

The union representing Jetstar’s pilots is at loggerheads with Qantas over pay negotiations.

Jetstar

Jetstar claims the union’s demands equate to a 15 per cent increase in pi­lot costs, but the union says it is only seeking a 3 per cent pay rise, with other conditions offset by productiv­ity improvements.

“When you’ve got a union dispute between maintenance staff and man­agement or between pilots and man­agement, this in our view is a major distraction,” Mr Thomas said.

A Qantas Group spokeswoman said: “Our safety reputation is a source of pride for everyone at Qantas and Jet­star.”

Nine airlines received the lowest rat­ings from the site, getting just one or two stars: Nok Air, AirAsia Thailand, Airlines PNG, Blue Wing, Ariana Afghan, Kam Air, Iraqi Airways, US-Bangla Airlines and Nepal Airlines.

Thirteen others received three stars.

The airline repeatedly named among the world’s worst in the past, North Korea’s Air Koryo, has im­proved – it received six stars in the 2020 rankings.

WORLD’S SAFEST

AIRLINES FOR 2020 LIST:

1: Qantas

2.: Air New Zealand

3: EVA Air

4: Etihad Airways

5: Qatar Airways

6: Singapore Airlines

7: Emirates

8: Alaska Airlines

9: Cathay Pacific

10: Virgin Australia

11: Hawaiian Airlines

12: Virgin Atlantic

13: TAP Air Portugal

14: SAS

15: Royal Jordanian

16: Swiss

17: Finnair

18: Lufthansa

19: Aer Lingus

20: KLM

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