Qantas has again topped a ranking of global air safety, with Jetstar on the list of safest low-cost carriers and Virgin Australia also in the top rung of airlines.
Australian-based website AirlineRatings.com put Qantas top of the list based on a range of factors, including aviation authority audits and the carriers’ fatality records.
Having had no fatalities during the jet era made Qantas a standout, said AirlineRatings editor and aviation journalist Geoffrey Thomas.
‘Safety does cost money’
Mr Hansford said the key to Qantas’s consistent performance at the top of air safety rankings is its pilots.
“Safety does cost money, and the Qantas pilots are some of the best paid in the world, but they’re some of the best skilled in the world,” Mr Hansford argued.