Before booking your next trip, read this. In a year when airline safety was on the forefront of travelers' minds, what with a reported 986 fatalities and 21 fatal accidents associated with air travel, AirlineRatings.com has revealed its list of best – and worst – airlines for 2015.
The airline safety and product review website looked at the records of 449 airlines and rated them on a seven-star scale, reports the New York Daily News. They were judged based on the following factors: government audits, fatality records, incident records and operational history.
In total, 149 airlines were awarded a coveted seven stars. Of those, the top 10 airlines were, in alphabetical order: Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
The website also listed its top 10 safest low cost airlines: Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair, Jetblue, Jetstar, Kulula.com, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly and Westjet.
And now, for the reported clunkers. AirlineRatings.com listed the worst airlines for safety as Kam Air, Nepal Airlines, Scat and Tara Air.
As usual, Australian carrier Qantas remains a leader in the industry and is regarded as the number one airline for maintaining a fatality-free record and for continually innovating its aircraft.