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Rain Man Was Right, Qantas Has Been Rated The World’s Safest Airline

Rain Man Was Right, Qantas Has Been Rated The World’s Safest Airline

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The world’s safest airline top 20 list for 2020 has been revealed by, and Australia’s own airline Qantas has come out on top. Qantas flights may rarely be cheap, but with air travel it can be a case of getting what you pay for.


Qantas has long had a reputation for safety, as touted by Raymond Babbitt in the 1987 film Rain Man. Even as one of the worlds oldest airlines, operating since 1920 and celebrating its 100th anniversary later this year, it has a strong record and reputation for operational safety, no matter how they treat the Veronicas.

Our cousins across the ditch came in close, with Air New Zealand taking out second place in the ranking. Virgin Australia did okay too, taking out 10th place.

The report praised Qantas for being “a leader in the development of Future Air Navigation System; the flight data recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance; automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in the cloud…”


The airline achieved its ranking despite its recent problems – along with many other airlines – with the troubled Boeing 737.


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Here is’s 2020 list of the world’s safest airlines:

  1. Qantas
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. EVA Air
  4. Etihad
  5. Qatar Airways
  6. Singapore Airlines
  7. Emirates
  8. Alaska Airlines
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. Virgin Australia

To see the full world’s safest airline list, visit’s full list and analysis.

The site also ranked the world’s safest budget airlines, with no Australian airlines making the list:

  1. Air Arabia
  2. Flybe
  3. Frontier
  4. HK Express
  5. IndiGo
  6. Jetblue
  7. Volaris
  8. Vueling
  9. Westjet
  10. Wizz.

The rankings should help travellers to decide which airlines to preference when planning a trip – though air travel is one of the safest ways of travel (and, for Australians, sometimes the only option). Whatever you do just don’t book a flight on Oceanic Airlines, either because of the high chance of either a crash or being forever entombed in the nonsensical plots of the TV show Lost.

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