QANTAS has come out on top in a list of the safest airlines in the world.
AirlineRatings.com makes its evaluation by looking at crash and safety records, audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, government audits, profitability, and the age of the fleet.
It argued that over the Flying Kangaroo’s 99-year history, the airline has amassed a “truly amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.”
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The Australian airline has been a leader in the development of Future Air Navigation System; the flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance; automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in the cloud using RNP.
Qantas was the lead airline with real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue.
According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, the airline is a standout in the industry and is the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.
“Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case as the world’s most experienced airline,” Thomas said.
“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,” he added. “But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era.”
According to Mr Thomas, the site only looks at serious incidents in making its determinations.
“All airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine 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. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading.
Air New Zealand came in second place on the list, while Virgin Australia was 10th.
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