In a year which saw two high profile air incidents, with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370 and the downing of MH-17 over the Ukrainian warzone and which saw fatal air accidents soar above the 10-year average, consumer safety website Airline Ratings has awarded Australian airline Qantas as the world's safest.
Founded in 1920, Qantas; an acronym for 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services' enjoys a 65 percent share of the Australian domestic market and carries nearly 20 percent of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia. The company is famous for never suffering a fatal jet airliner accident, a fact immortalised in the exchange between Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 drama "Rain Man".
The twin Malaysian Airline disasters claimed a total of 537 lives.
Last updated: Dec 6, 2019 at 02:46 pm CST
- Qantas breaks flight length record with non-stop 19-hour flight
- British Airways cancels ALL flights to and from mainland China
- These airlines are the most likely to be late and lose your baggage
- Next-gen Xbox's name will reflect its function, Microsoft boss says
- Australian gov to prosecute people over coronavirus shopping frenzy
- > NEXT STORY: Ford bets big on autonomous cars, with full autonomous in the works
- < PREVIOUS STORY: AT&T brings 4G LTE to some 2016 model Subaru vehicles