Qantas named world’s safest airline

Qantas Airways, an Australian carrier, has earned the distinction of being the safest airline in the world after going without a fatal crash since 1951.

The airline topped the list of’s top 10 safest airlines of 2013 among the 448 that the safety and product rating website monitors.

The top 10 airlines earned seven stars for safety and in-flight products, the highest any airline can get.

The remaining airlines in the top 10 in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

No U.S. airlines cracked the top 10. takes into account several factors when coming up with its list, including audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.

The top 10 weren’t the only airlines to get seven stars for safety. In fact, 137 airlines earned those marks. But almost 50 got three stars or less. points out that Qantas has had an impressive record of firsts in safety and operations in its 93-year history.

It was the first international airline to operate around-the-world service with its Lockheed Super Constellations in 1958. It was also the first to take delivery of the Boeing 707 outside the USA in 1959.

The carrier was also a leader in using the Flight Data Recorder to monitor plane and crew performance in 1962, according to the website. says that 2013 was the safest year for flying since 1945, with 269 deaths from 29 accidents.

That’s well below the 10-year average of 32 accidents and 719 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

The worst accident was the Nov. 17 crash of a Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 from Moscow to Kazan, which killed all 44 passengers and six crew aboard.

The most miraculous escape, says, was the Asiana crash at San Francisco International Airport in July. Three passengers died when the Boeing 777 hit the runway sea wall and flipped over.

Worst Crashes

Date                 Aircraft                                     Airline                       Fatalities           Location

Jan 29             CRJ                                           SCAT                         21                     Almaty Airport. Kazakhstan

July 7              DHC-3T Turbine Otter               Rediske Air               10                     Soldotna Airport, USA

Oct 3               Embraer Brasilia                        Associated                  16                     Lagos, Nigeria

Oct 14             Cessna 208B                             AereoServicio              14                     Loreto Airport. Mexico

Oct 16             ATR-72-212A                             Lao Airlines                49                     Pakse Airport, Laos

Nov 17             Boeing 737                               Tatarstan                   50                     Kazan Airport. Russia

Nov 29             Embraer ERJ 190                     LAM                            33                     Bwabwata NP Zambia



Lowest Ranked Airlines

One Star

Kam Air


Bluewing Airlines

Two Star

Afghan Airways

Daallo Airlines

Eritrean Airlines

Lion Air

Merpati Airlines

Susi Air

Air Bagan


Ten Best Airlines *


Air New Zealand



Cathay Pacific

Singapore Airlines

Virgin Atlantic


All Nippon Airways

Royal Jordanian
* Rated seven stars for safety and product.