These Are the Safest Airlines to Fly in 2018

When you get on a plane, safety is obviously one of your biggest priorities. (Especially if you’re an anxious flyer who’d rather be on the ground than in the air.) As CNN reports, the Aviation Safety Network revealed that 2017 was the safest year in aviation history. And while Donald Trump was quick to take credit for the achievement, factors such as new technology, new airplanes, better flight crew training, and better global regulations all played a role. You can also thank the airlines — particularly the safest airlines in the skies.

Below, check out the safest airlines you can fly in 2018, in alphabetical order and according to AirlineRatings.com.

1. Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand plane with Lord of the Rings livery

Air New Zealand has an impressive track record. | Air New Zealand via Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Air New Zealand starts off Airline Ratings’ list of the safest airlines you can fly this year. Plus, Airline Ratings gives Air New Zealand a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also cites the airline’s ability to cater to its customers’ needs — on both short and long routes — as one of its biggest strengths. Plus, it praises Air New Zealand’s competitive pricing, a major plus in an era of expensive airfares and sky-high airline fees.

Next: This airline offers Wi-Fi on most of its planes. 

2. Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines

If you’re looking for safety, Air Alaska is the way to go. | tupungato/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines is Alaska Airlines. Airline Ratings gives Alaska a safety rating of 7 out of 7 — exactly what you want to see if you’re looking for the best of the best. The publication also cites Alaska Airlines’ offering of in-flight Wi-Fi across most of its fleet as a major strength. That feature appeals to many business travelers, as does Alaska’s “good business class offering.” Additionally, Airline Ratings reports that Alaska Airlines has ranked number one in North America for on-time performance for three years running, making it the perfect carrier for delay-averse travelers.

Next: This airline offers a generous baggage allowance, even in economy.

3. All Nippon Airways

Flight attendants for Japanese airline All Nippon Airways

This Japanese airline is all about safety. / Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

All Nippon Airways also makes the list of the safest airlines, according to Airline Ratings. The publication gives All Nippon a safety rating of 7 out of 7. As Airline Ratings explains, this carrier operates the largest international network in and out of Japan. It also offers “good quality” in terms of the consistency of the passenger experience in economy — a pretty impressive achievement, if you ask us. Plus, Airline Ratings praises this carrier for its “generous baggage allowance” in international economy — a major plus if you don’t like to travel light.

Next: This airline offers delicious food, at least in business class. 

4. British Airways

Queen Elizabeth meets with employees of British Airways

Even the queen approves of this one. | Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

British Airways comes next on the list of the safest airlines, with a safety rating of 7 out of 7 according to Airline Ratings. Nonetheless, British Airways may not be your first pick if you want exciting food options or ample in-flight entertainment. The airline offers multi-course meals and “restaurant quality” food, according to Airline Ratings, if you fly in business class. But if you fly in economy, within Europe or the U.K., your only option is to pay extra for a meal — or to pack your own.

Next: This airline offers full meals and complimentary beverages. 

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific plane taking off the tarmac of the international airport in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific has had a great reputation for quite a long time. | Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines? Cathay Pacific Airways, which Airline Ratings awards a safety rating of 7 out of 7. As for the major strengths of this airline from Hong Kong, Airline Ratings points to the fact that passengers are “guaranteed twin aisle aircraft flight with personal seat back screens, full meal, and complimentary beverages on every flight.” The publication also praises Cathay Pacific’s excellent “flight product consistency,” and the “numerous” times the carrier has been ranked as the best airline by international travel organizations.

Next: This airline has a fleet of wide-bodied aircraft. 

6. Emirates

Emirates Airbus A380-800 taxiing at LAX Airport

This Dubai-based airline is one of the best. | Laser1987/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Emirates comes next on the list of the safest airlines. Airline Ratings gives this airline, which is based in Dubai, a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also points out that Emirates ranks among the few airlines that operate a fleet of wide-bodied aircraft. Other strengths include Emirates’ beloved in-flight entertainment system. And travelers also like that the airline is based at one of the world’s largest — and most efficient — airports.

Next: This airline offers a good experience even in economy. 

7. Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways Boeing 777-200LR taking off at LAX Airport

This carrier even has nannies for those traveling with children. | Laser1987/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

The second-largest carrier out of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways also ranks among the safest airlines in the world. Airline Ratings gives this airline a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also points out that Etihad Airways offers award-winning service and experience in every class. (It may not be so bad to sit in economy on an Etihad flight, after all!) And the airline even offers a unique amenity designed to make life easier for people flying with children: The carrier has nannies available on some long-haul flights.

Next: This airline has a fatality-free safety record. 

8. EVA Air

Eva air airplane is flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang

This Taiwanese carrier has impressive ratings. | Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines? EVA Air, a Taiwanese carrier that earns a 7 out of 7 safety rating from Airline Ratings. You may not have heard of this carrier, but there are plenty of reasons to give it a try the next time you fly internationally. Airline Ratings reports that more than 85% of EVA Air’s fleet consists of twin-aisle aircraft. Plus, the carrier has a casualty and fatality-free safety record — a major plus if you really want to prioritize safety when you book your next flight.

Next: This airline has much lower fares than its competitors. 

9. Finnair

Finnair Airlines Airbus

Finnair Airlines is safe and cheaper than other carriers, too. | Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Finnair, the largest carrier in Finland, comes next on the list of the safest airlines. Airline Ratings gives this airline a safety rating of 7 out of 7. But its record isn’t the only reason to book a flight with Finnair. Airline Ratings reports that this carrier offers “much lower fares” than its competitors. The publication also praises the efficiency of Finnair’s staff both onboard and at check-in at the airport. The carrier also has the distinction of flying the shortest route from Europe to Asia, something you’ll definitely appreciate if you don’t like long flights.

Next: This airline offers complimentary meals on routes where other airlines don’t. 

10. Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus

The complimentary meal service is also a plus with this airline. | Boarding1Now/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Airline Ratings puts Hawaiian Airlines next on the list of the safest airlines you can fly. This carrier earns a safety rating of 7 out of 7. It also earns Airline Ratings’ praise for a surprisingly uncommon amenity that you’ll enjoy onboard the plane. Hawaiian remains one of the few U.S. airlines to offer complimentary meal service on flights between the mainland and Hawaii, something you’ll definitely appreciate if you didn’t have time to eat at the airport.

Next: This airline wants you to be comfortable on long-haul flights. 

11. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines Boeing 777 in flight

Japan Airlines doesn’t let you fly uncomfortably. | Kristian110/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines? Japan Airlines, which Airline Ratings gives a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication reports that this Japanese carrier offers a variety of unique amenities on its flights. When you fly economy, you can expect to get a bamboo stick massager — and to have the option to borrow a leg massager — to stay comfortable on long-haul routes. In premium economy or business class, you’ll also get an amenity kit.

Next: This airline is the only carrier that flies on some of its routes. 

12. KLM

A man walks under a KLM aircraft at the Schiphol airport on October 16, 2014.

If you haven’t heard of this airline before, we highly recommend it. | Remko De Waal/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, or Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., is the national airline of the Netherlands and also makes the list of the safest airlines. Airline Ratings gives the carrier a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also notes that on many of the routes that KLM flies, it’s actually the sole operator. That may not be a strength from a passenger’s point of view, but it’s certainly an advantage for the airline.

Next: This airline offers internet access on many of its planes. 

13. Lufthansa

hand baggage in an overhead bin on an airplane

This airline is very large — and very safe. | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Deutsche Lufthansa AG or just Lufthansa ranks as the biggest airline from Germany and also makes the list of the safest airlines in the world. Airline Ratings gives this carrier a safety rating of 7 out of 7. One of the reasons to book a flight on Lufthansa is to take advantage of the in-flight Wi-Fi. Airline Ratings notes that the carrier has internet access across much of its long-haul fleet, a major strength for both business travelers and Netflix addicts.

Next: This airline’s pilots have a great reputation. 

14. Qantas

Qantas Airbus A380 VH-OQF Taking off

Your pilot is likely to be among the best with this airline. | RyanFletcher/iStock/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines? Qantas, the national carrier of Australia. Airline Ratings gives Qantas a safety rating of 7 out of 7. And it also praises the airline for a few of its major strengths. The publication likes this carrier’s “extensive domestic network, with frequent connections to both regional centers and capital cities.” Airline Ratings notes that Qantas also has a global reputation for its excellence in safety. Plus, “Qantas pilots are regarded as some of the world’s best.”

Next: This airline offers an excellent experience, even on short flights. 

15. Royal Jordanian Airlines

Jordanian flight attendants participate in a special ceremony

They have a fatality-free track record. | Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating:

The flag carrier of Jordan, Royal Jordanian Airlines also makes the list of the safest airlines in the world. Airline Ratings awards Royal Jordanian a safety rating of 7 out of 7, citing the carrier’s casualty and fatality-free safety record — a major reassurance for anxious travelers. The publication also praises the carrier’s excellence “in flight product, even on short haul routes.”

Next: This airline flies to more cities in northern Europe than any other airline. 

16. Scandinavian Airline System

A Norwegian Boeing 737-800 takes off behind the tails of two of Scandinavian airline

Want to go around Northern Europe? Fly with SAS. | Johan Nilsson/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Next on the list of the safest airlines? Scandinavian Airlines System Aktiebolag, or SAS for short. Airline Ratings awards SAS a safety rating of 7 of 7. The publication also notes that Scandinavian Airline System flies to more cities in Northern Europe than any other airline, which may make it a strong contender if you’re planning travel to that region of the continent.

Next: This carrier uses only wide-body aircraft. 

17. Singapore Airlines

Scoot airplane with Singapore Airlines

This budget subsidiary of Singapore Airlines is a great choice. | Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Singapore Airlines comes next on the list of the safest airlines in the world. Airline Ratings gives this carrier a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also praises this carrier’s strengths, including its “extensive and efficient route network,” its consistency in passenger experience across all travel classes, and its home base at one of the world’s most efficient airports. Another reason to fly Singapore Airlines when you have a chance? The carrier uses only wide-body aircraft.

Next: This airline is the first to cater specifically to passengers with allergies. 

18. Swiss

The Swiss Alps from a flight onboard a Swiss International Air Lines plane

Not only is this airline safe, but it’s also very accommodating for its passengers. | Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Swiss International Air Lines, or just Swiss for short, is the national airline of Switzerland and comes next on the list of the safest airlines in the world. Airline Ratings awards this carrier a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also notes that Swiss is Switzerland’s largest airline, and serves more than 70 destinations. It also ranks as a “superior full-service airline.” And it has the unique distinction of having become the world’s first allergy-friendly certified airline. It makes accommodations for travelers’ dietary requirements both onboard and in its lounges.

Next: This airline chooses its flight times with business travelers in mind. 

19. Virgin Atlantic

A Virgin Atlantic aircraft prepares to take off

This airline is known for having flights available during very convenient times. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

Virgin Atlantic comes next on the list of the safest airlines in the world, with Airline Ratings awarding it a safety rating of 7 out of 7. The publication also praises this British airline for being one of the few airlines to operate a fleet consisting only of wide-body aircraft. Virgin Atlantic also wins fans because it chooses flight times that are well-suited to business travelers — a good thing to remember the next time you have to book a work trip.

Next: This airline offers competitive airfares despite the better service it’s added.

20. Virgin Australia

Boeing 737-800s of Australian budget airline Virgin Blue line

You can’t beat these prices or this level of safety. | Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

  • Safety rating: 7 of 7

The final carrier on the list of the safest airlines you can fly in 2018 is Virgin Australia, which earns a safety rating of 7 out of 7 from Airline Ratings. As the publication reports, Virgin Australia operates 3,000 weekly flights to more than 30 Australian cities, as well as holiday and regional destinations. Airline Ratings praises the carrier for its “code share arrangements to give passengers seamless connection to global networks.” It also reports that Virgin Australia’s airfares have remained competitive despite the upgrades it’s made — as well as its good reputation for its staff and customer service.

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