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Qantas named world's safest airline

Top ranking retained despite recent series of safety incidents
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Qantas Airbus A380-800
2013 rated safest year for aviation since 1945
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According to aviation safety analysts AirlineRatings.com, Qantas has once again been named the world’s safest airline. Although it has never lost a plane in the modern jet era, the airlines perfect record has been tarnished by a number of recent safety incidents including a mid-air engine explosion over Indonesia in 2010 and a 2008 flight from Singapore to Perth, which plunged 150 feet in 2 seconds.

Recent troubles aside, Qantas remains number, just ahead of Air New Zealand and Emirates. Of the 448 surveyed airlines, 137 have the top seven-star safety ranking but almost 50 have just three stars or less. Rounding out the top 10 with 7 stars for safety and in-flight product are: Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air.

According to reviewers, the airline has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations over its 93 year history. AirlineRatings.com’s rating system takes a number of different factors into account related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations, as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.“

Qantas’ achievements include being the lead airline with real time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using Satellite Communications and a variety of cockpit innovations such as automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System and precision approaches around mountains obscured by cloud. According to AirlineRatings.com, 2013 was the safest year for aviation since 1945, with only 269 deaths from 29 accidents.

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