Qantas has been named the world's safest airline, again
Posted on 12/01/2020

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Qantas has again been given the title of world's safest airline.

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AirlineRatings.com has named Australian airline Qantas the safest airline in the world. It retains its title for the sixth year in a row, if you include 2018 when the website awarded 20 airlines the number one spot jointly. Neighboring Air New Zealand took spot number two this year.

Qantas is the world's second oldest airline still in operation with the closure of Avianca last year. Founded in 1920 in Queensland, its name is an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. It's also the world's oldest continually operating airline since KLM, the world's oldest airline, suspended its operations during World War II.

One of the factors that gave Qantas the number 1 spot was the airline's commitment to safety innovation. They were the first airline to implement real-time engine monitoring via satellite communication, meaning that engine problems can be detected more quickly.

A stellar safety record

A stellar safety record
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In a statement, Geoffrey Thomas of AirlineRatings.com said that "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."

The airline has not had an incident that resulted in fatalities since 1951.

Besides its stellar safety rating, the airline also made headlines last year by spearheading the longest nonstop commercial flight on record. The test flight took off from New York's JFK International Airport and landed in Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport 19 hours and 16,200 kilometers later.