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Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia world’s safest airlines

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Staff Writer | January 5, 2018
The latest safety rankings for airlines are out and while some of the world’s biggest names are celebrating, there are a few carriers you should definitely reconsider flying with.
Air travel   Four Nepalese airlines were awarded the lowest safety rating
Qantas and Virgin Australia have been named among the safest airlines in the world for 2018, according to the list from

And the aviation safety and product rating website also named Jetstar Australia among the 10 safest low-cost carriers in the world.

But there are seven airlines the experts have named and shamed as the worst in the world.

Four Nepalese airlines — Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air and Yeti Airlines — were awarded the lowest safety rating, along with North Korea’s Air Koryo, Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service and Blue Wing Airlines in Suriname.

Those airlines received just one star out of a possible seven, based on criteria including audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, government audits, records of crashes and serious incidents and the fleet age.

At the other end of the scale, the 20 safest airlines in the world received seven-star ratings.

They include (in alphabetical order): Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss,

irgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. And overall, air travel is safer than ever, according to

And while budget airlines tend to get a bad rap, 10 stood out for their excellent safety record. They include Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.

Unlike some low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit and have excellent safety records.