Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways feature among the top 20 safest airlines in the world, according to rankings compiled by AirlineRatings.com.
The annual rankings assessed 409 different airlines before compiling the list, which took it account audits from government and aviation regulators, the average age of their fleets and any other recorded incidents.
Qantas has been named as the safest airline in the world for the previous four years, but this year, it has been ranked alongside the other 19 competitors, rather than being named out in front.
There are only two representatives from the UK, while Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways, Swiss, EVA Air and Air New Zealand all make the grade.
“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com’s Editor-in-Chief.
The rankings also revealed the 10 safest low-cost airlines, with Thomas Cook and Flybe making the list, while easyJet and Ryanair both missed out.
The popularity of low cost carriers has grown massively in recent years, as more and more travellers turn to them to take trips that may have been out of reach otherwise.
Those selected all had to pass through the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) in order to be ranked.
Flying has also become a lot safer in general, with the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) – who are responsible for recording all air crashes and incidents around the world – revealing there were just 10 fatal accidents involving commercial airlines last year, down by 6 on the number recorded in 2016.
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Date Created: 05/01/2018