What are the world's safest airlines for 2018?

Improving technology has reduced the dangers of air travel

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

Attention nervous flyers: A new report has identified the world's safest airlines for 2018.

Netherland's KLM, Britain's easyJet, Finland's Finnair came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, followed by Etihad Airways, US Spirit Airlines, Australia's Jetstars and UAE's Air Arabia in the following positions.

Help is at hand for those who want some assurance that they are in the safest of hands during their journey, as AirlineRatings.com has revealed its annual top 20 safest airlines list from the 409 it monitors.

According to Flight Global, on average, from the point of view of passengers, the airline industry as a whole over the last five years was nearly eight times safer than it was as recently as 10 years ago, and nearly 20 times safer than 20 years ago.

According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, these airlines are standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.

The new Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 are commercial jets that have been designed and manufactured with advanced safety features.

"But Qantas is not alone. Long established airlines such as Hawaiian and Finnair also have flawless records in the jet era".

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

ASN President Harro Ranter explained that since 1997, "the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by worldwide aviation organizations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry".

Thomas says it only looks at serious incidents when making its determinations.

"All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems", he said.

AirlineRatings.com has also announced the low-priced airlines it says have the best safety records.

If you need to get somewhere but don't want to spend a heap of cash, you can fly with Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, JetBlue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet and save yourself a buck or two whilst sitting safely in your seat!

Unlike a number of low-priced carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records. The top airlines have all achieved the full seven stars.

North Korea's Air Koryo, an airline that operates on a sporadic basis, was the lowest rated Asian airline.

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