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Qantas Tops List Of World’s Safest Airlines

While flying, safety is the most important factor, and knowing you're in safe hands when flying from one side of the world to the other is always reassuring.

Therefore, it's worth taking a look at the annual

Accidents involving air transport are still rare, although the past 12 months saw a year-on-year rise in fatalities. Last year AirlineRatings was unable to single out one airline over its rivals.

This year the Australia-based safety and product rating website have a more definitive outlook, says editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

"Qantas was a clear winner given its industry leadership in safety innovation," he says, spotlighting the airline's new nonstop Australia-UK route for its reliability,

AirlineRatings analyzed data for 405 airlines across the world to compile its list of the top 20 safest carriers. It used 12 separate criteria, including audits from governments, aviation's governing bodies and lead associations.

Also considered were the crash and serious incident records for each carrier – in addition to fleet age and profitability.

Qantas held the accolade of AirlineRatings' world safest airline from 2014 to 2017, but took joint honors in 2018 when the website chose not to rank its top 20.

For 2019, Qantas is singled out as the best, while the remaining 19 safest airlines haven't been ordered and are instead listed alphabetically.

The result is a list that includes what the website calls a "who's who of airlines," praised for being reliable and secure.

The top 20 are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines and Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).

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6 Ryanair Crew Members Fired After Photo Shared Online

Six Ryanair cabin crew members photographed sleeping on the floor of a Spanish airport office last month have been fired, the airline says.

The image, which Ryanair said was staged, was widely circulated online. A Portuguese union that represents airline crews slammed the airline.

The staff in the picture were dismissed for gross misconduct, a Ryanair spokesman said,

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