ASN: 2017, safest year ever for aviation

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SIA was also within the top 20 in 2017 and 2016.

Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency that sets international safety standards, said in a statement that the 2017 results reflect the "commitment and cooperation" of many governments, airline companies and aviation professionals worldwide "who have worked so hard together to achieve them".

According to aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network, there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities throughout all of 2017, making it the "safest year for aviation ever".

"Australia's Qantas has continued its remarkable safety record of no fatalities - or hull losses - in the jet era", analysts point out.

To arrive at its top 20, AirlineRatings.com took into account factors like previous incidents, audits from governments and the aviation industry's regulatory bodies, fleet age, and airlines' records of crashes and other serious incidents. Only two carriers based in the US made the list: Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines.

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"The year 2017 turned out to be the safest year ever for commercial aviation", ASN said.

Passengers shouldn't be too concerned even if their next flight isn't in the top 20 safest airlines though.

AirlineRatings.com praised Qantas for its "extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations".

While there weren't any commercial airline fatalities, unfortunately there were 10 airline accidents resulting in 44 deaths, mostly comprising of cargo planes and turboprop aircraft.

"An excellent example of that was the Qantas A380 incident in 2010 when a Rolls Royce engine shattered after take-off from Singapore".

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The site also revealed its list of the world's lowest ranked airlines of the 409 it monitors.

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"The fault was entirely with a fault in manufacture but the pilot skills of the Qantas crew saved the plane according to Australia's crash investigators", says Thomas. Luckily for American passengers, no domestic airlines were placed on that list; in fact, only one carrier in the Americas received low ratings, and that is Blue Wing from Suriname.

Its lowest-rated airlines for 2018, achieving just one star in the rankings, are North Korea's Air Koryo, Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines, Indonesia's Trigana Air Service and Nepal's Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air and Yeti Airlines.

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