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Singapore Airlines ranked among safest carriers for 2018

Singapore Airlines ranked among safest carriers for 2018

Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities occurring on large commercial jets.

At the same time, new safety measures in aircraft construction mean that even in the event of a crash, passengers are more likely to survive. As recently as 2005, there were 1,015 deaths aboard commercial passenger flights worldwide, the Aviation Safety Network said.

The Top 20 Safest Airlines in the World.

In the newest edition of Airlineratings.com's annual safest airlines list, analysts identified the top 20 airlines with the best safety records, taking into consideration audits from governing aviation bodies and governments; airline crash and serious incident records; and fleet age.

As part of its annual study of the safest airlines in the world, AirlineRatings.com compiled a list of the 10 safest low-priced carriers in the world.

It's definitely no surprise that Australian flag-carrier, Qantas has once again made the list but Geoffrey Thomas, editor in chief at airlineratings.com says Qantas is not alone.

On December 31, aviation had a record period of 398 days with no passenger jet airliner accidents.

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Describing the national carrier as "an industry trendsetter", AirlineRatings.com praised its strong financial performance, leadership in the environmental space and motivation of staff.

In March, the United States imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops in cabins on nine primarily Middle Eastern airlines to address the potential threat of hidden explosives. "2017 was the safest year for aviation ever", said Adrian Young of To70.

This year, numerous names on the list probably come as no surprise.

Aircraft acquisition was one of the ranking factors that determined inclusion of airlines on the safety list.

"An excellent example of that was the Qantas A380 incident in 2010 when a Rolls Royce engine shattered after take-off from Singapore".

At the other end of the spectrum, the airlines with the worst safety records include Air Koryo, Bluewing Airlines, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, Trigana Air Service and Yeti Airlines.

If you need to get somewhere but don't want to spend a heap of cash, you can fly with Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, JetBlue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet and save yourself a buck or two whilst sitting safely in your seat!


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