25 years after the movie Rain Man gave the Qantas a big-screen serve of global PR as the airline that has "never crashed", aviation safety review website AirlinerRatings.com says the Flying Kangaroo remains the world's safest airline.
Qantas tops a list which also includes Air New Zealand, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, all of which hold the website's 'seven star' safety rating.
"Qantas continues to lead the world’s airlines in safety with no fatalities in the jet era" says AirlineRatings editor and respected aviation journalist Geoffrey Thomas.
"Over its 93 year history the airline has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations."
Thankfully, none of the site's "ten worst airlines" of 2013 – a list topped by Afghanistan airline Kam Air – operate in Australia.
"As 2013 came to a close it could be said that absent of a major tragic crash the year was the safest for flying since 1945, with only 269 deaths from 29 accidents" Thomas reflects.
"The most miraculous escape was for the 304 passengers and crew that walked away from the spectacular crash of the Asiana Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July," Thomas notes.
Only three passengers died in the incident, one of whom escaped the crash but was tragically run over by a fire engine while she lay beneath an aircraft wing covered with firefighting foam.
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