Australian carrier Qantas tops a list of 20 safest airlines in the world for 2020 according to – a commercial website covering airline safety and product reviews.

This is the seventh year that has listed Qantas as the safest airline in the world. Runners up in the Asia-Pacific region include Air New Zealand in second place, followed by Taiwanese carrier Eva Air in third place, Singapore Airlines in sixth place, and Cathay Pacific in ninth place.

Here is the full list:

  1. Qantas
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Eva Air
  4. Etihad Airways
  5. Qatar Airways
  6. Singapore Airlines
  7. Emirates
  8. Alaska Airlines
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. Virgin Australia
  11. Hawaiian Airlines
  12. Virgin Atlantic Airlines
  13. TAP Portugal
  14. SAS
  15. Royal Jordanian
  16. Swiss
  17. Finnair
  18. Lufthansa
  19. Aer Lingus
  20. KLM

The website said its rating system takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies, lead associations as well as the airlines own safety data. Details on the criteria can be read here. Every year, it produces a list of safest airlines in the world after monitoring 405 airlines.

Safest low-cost carriers

Low-cost carriers (LCCs) are a rapidly growing segment of the aviation industry. The website also compiled a list of top ten safest LCCs in the world for 2020. These are (in alphabetical order):

  • Air Arabia
  • Flybe
  • Frontier Airlines
  • HK Express
  • IndiGo
  • Jetblue
  • Volaris
  • Vueling
  • Westjet
  • Wizz Air

“These LCCs have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records,” said in an article.

IOSA is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. It looks at more than 1000 audit parameters and airlines are re-evaluated every two years.

In other aviation safety news, last year airlines in Malaysia were banned from launching new routes to the United States after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found deficiencies in Malaysia’s aviation safety regulator.

Aeroflot named most punctual airline  

Aeroflot was recently named the world’s most on-time mainline airline, according to the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released by travel data and analytics company Cirium which says it tracks over 100,000 flights a day.

Russian carrier Aeroflot is the world’s most punctual airline, report says

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) came in second place with 86.3 per cent of its flights on time.