2017 marked the minimum amount of accidents on air transport

2017 marked the minimum amount of accidents on air transport

2017 marked the minimum amount of accidents on air transport

Budget airlines tend to get a bad rap, but they're not all the same, according to aviation analysts who've ranked the 10 safest low-priced carriers in the world.

Help is at hand for those who want some assurance that they are in the safest of hands during their journey, as AirlineRatings.com has revealed its annual top 20 safest airlines list from the 409 it monitors.

In AirlineRatings.com's latest list titled "The Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2018", Eva Air is mentioned in alphabetical order along with Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and, Virgin Australia.

The Dutch aviation consultancy To70 and the Aviation Safety Network reported Monday that there were no commercial passenger jet deaths previous year, although there were two fatal regional airline crashes involving small turboprop planes in Angola and Russian Federation.

But Qantas was not alone.

"Australia's Qantas has continued its remarkable safety record of no fatalities - or hull losses - in the jet era", analysts point out.

Click through the gallery above to see the worlds safest airlines for 2018, in alphabetical order.

According to the site, ratings are awarded through stringent audits from the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which evaluate both the operational management and control systems of an airline, as well as a country's airline infrastructure and regulation. After all, it turns out 2017 was the safest year for flying since records began.

The publication's editors selected the 10 safest low-priced carriers from a pool of 409 airlines.

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

Conspicuously absent from the list were Delta and United, two airlines that did not suffer major accidents but had too many incidents in 2017 to be considered among the safety leaders. The record is excellent across most regions and across different airline types, full service or low cost.

"Certainly, air travel is safer today than at any time in history but passengers still need to know which are the best of the best", says Thomas.

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