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Student Travels:The world's safest (and least safe) airlines for 2018!

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Revealed: The world's safest (and least safe) airlines for 2018!

We have some tremendous diversity at the GMAT-club as most of the users here are internationals coming from different parts of the world. This post is for all soon-to-be-students who will heading the US/UK/Europe etc. to matriculate this fall. Lets talk about airlines as airfare is a major student expense. While travelling, we are often inclined to selecting the airlines which offers us the most $$$ discounts. But do you know there are certain airlines that are banned from the airspace of certain regions. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are among the 20 safest airlines on Earth, according to an annual ranking of the world’s biggest carriers.

The website assessed 409 major airlines before delivering its verdict, taking into account previous incidents, the average age of their fleets, and audits from governments and the aviation industry’s regulatory bodies. For the last four years it has singled out Qantas as the world’s safest airline, ahead of a chasing pack of 19 rivals, but this year it listed the Australian flag carrier alongside the rest of the top 20.

BA and Virgin are the only UK airlines at the top table; others include Singapore Airlines, recently voted the world’s best long-haul airline by Telegraph Travel readers, Swiss, your favourite short-haul airline, as well as Air New Zealand, Emirates, Etihad, KLM and Lufthansa.

Just two US airlines were included in the top 20. Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian remain, but Delta and United, both of which appeared last year, have been dropped in favour of Emirates and Royal Jordanian.


The 20 safest airlines (in alphabetical order)

  • 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
  • Virgin Australia

They( further added - “Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said Geoffrey Thomas,’s Editor-in-Chief. “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. But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair also have perfect records in the jet era.”


The website also identified what it claims are the 10 safest low-cost airlines. Aer Lingus, Flybe and Thomas Cook made the cut, but there was no room for the likes of Ryanair and easyJet. “Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records,” Thomas explained. isn't the only organisation to rate carriers according to safety. Germany's Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) does likewise, and it is Cathay Pacific that currently takes the crown, ahead of Air New Zealand, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airways and KLM. Virgin takes the 14th spot, British Airways 19th, easyJet 28th and Ryanair 34th.

Which are the world’s least safe airlines? also announced its lowest ranked airlines for 2018. Air Koryo, North Korea’s flag carrier, Bluewing Airlines, based in Suriname, Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service, and four Nepalese carriers - Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines - were all awarded just a single star.
There are currently more than 100 airlines - most of which you probably haven't heard of - banned from EU airspace, or facing operational restrictions, as they don't meet European safety standards. They include every airline from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Sudan, as well as dozens from Indonesia.

At a glance | Airlines banned from the EU

All airlines from the following countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola (with the exception of TAAG Angola Airlines, which operates under restrictions and conditions)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Gabon (with the exception of Afrijet and SN2AG, which operate under restrictions and conditions)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Nepal
  • Republic of the Congo
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan

As well as the following individual airlines
  • Blue Wing Airlines, Suriname
  • Iran Aseman Airlines, Iran
  • Iraqi Airways, Iraq
  • Med-View Airline, Nigeria
  • Air Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Avior Airlines, Venezuela
  • Which airlines have operational restrictions?
  • TAAG Angola Airlines, Angola
  • Comores Air Services, Comoros
  • Afrijet Business Service, Gabon
  • SN2AG, Gabon
  • Iran Air, Iran
  • Air Koryo, North Korea

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That's great to see Alaska as #1. Alaska is a great airline with a hub in Seattle. I am surprised Southwest did not make the top 20 list.

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