Travelling: What are the world's safest airlines for 2018?

world's safest airlines for 2018

(CNN) — There's never been a safer time to hop on a plane.

The Aviation Safety Network has revealed that 2017 was the safest year in aviation history.
And while President Trump took credit on Tuesday for the US safety record, in a tweet stating that he'd been "very strict on Commercial Aviation," airline accidents have actually been on a consistent global decline since 1992.

It's all the more impressive when you take into account that 2017 is also likely to be the busiest year ever for commercial flights. Close to 3.7 billion people flew in 2016, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with numbers rising steadily year-on-year for the last decade.

There are a number of factors contributing to this success, including the development of new technology and new airplanes, and changes to flight crew training and global regulations.

'Best of the best'

To celebrate those leading the way, Australia-based aviation analysis website has just released its annual list of the world's safest airlines.

Of the 409 airlines it monitors, 20 stand out as the "best of the best," says's editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

These 20 airlines from across Asia, Europe and the United States, he says, are "always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft."

From 2014 to 2017, named Australian airline Qantas the world's safest airline, and once again has commended it for being "the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years" without a single fatality in the jet era.

"But Qantas is not alone," says Thomas. "Long-established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair have perfect records in the jet era."

Standout in safety

This year, has decided to honor the top 20 airlines on equal footing.

The top 20 for 2018, in alphabetical order are:

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, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

Notably absent from the 2018 list are the US airlines Delta and United. In April 2017, Delta's enviable record of years of reliable service was blotted by a five-day meltdown in which more than 3,200 flights were canceled in response to storms.

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In the same month, United Airlines' reputation took a serious battering when a video went viral of a passenger being dragged off an overbooked flight.

New entries on this year's list are Dubai-based Emirates and China's Hainan Airlines.

Source: CNN

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