Airline safety is something we all love to hear about and this week, Europe’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) revealed the top ten safest airlines according to their statistics, and the results may surprise you.

Coming in at number one was Finnair, and kiwi’s take note, your country has the second safest record in the world with Air New Zealand taking ranking number two.

JACDEC’s airline safety rankings are based on an annual calculation which includes all hull loss accidents and serious incidents in the last 30 years of operations among other factors such as international airline benchmarks IOSA Audit and the USAOP country factor.

Cathay Pacific weighs in at number three followed by Middle Eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways. Taiwanese carrier Eva Air (at number six) and Chinese airline Hainan Airlines (at number eight) both achieving a top ten ranking, with TAP Portugal representing Europe at number seven.

The top ten was rounded up with Virgin Australia at number nine, and British Airways taking the number ten spot.

  1. Finnair
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Cathay Pacific Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. Etihad Airways
  6. Eva Air
  7. TAP Portugal
  8. Hainan Airlines
  9. Virgin Australia
  10. British Airways