Qantas has been named the world's safest airline by AirlineRatings.com.
The world's only safety and product rating website awarded the Australian carrier the top spot for its fatality-free record in the jet era.
The remainder of the top ten airlines were revealed in alphabetical order as: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
AirlineRatings.com took into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation's governing bodies and lead associations, as well as government audits and the airlines' fatality records.
According to AirlineRatings.com editor, Geoffrey Thomas said: "These airlines are a byword for excellence. There is no doubt that Qantas is a standout in safety enhancements and an industry benchmark for best practice.
Over its 94-year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world's most experienced airline. "Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major advancement in airline safety over the past 60 years," added Mr Thomas.
Of the 449 airlines surveyed, 149 have a top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less.
Five airlines only achieved one star for safety from AirlineRatings.com. They are: Agni Air, Kam Air, Nepal Airlines, Scat and Tara Air.
The website also looked at the world's safest low-cost airlines. In alphabetical order, they were revealed as: Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair, Jetstar, Jetblue, Kulula.com, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly and Westjet.
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