KLM "Tulip" (photo, klm.com)

Dutch carrier KLM, who are partners with Kenya Airways (KQ), is one of the safest airlines in the world.

In rankings released by AirlineRatings.com last week, KLM was named among the top 20 safest carriers in the world in a list that saw Australia’s Qantas Airways nominated as the safest airline on the planet.

KLM holds a long standing code-sharing agreement with KQ, allowing both carriers to publish and market a flight under their own airline designator and flight number. The deal operates for routes between London (UK) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands) into Nairobi.

In January of 2018, KLM and KQ signed an extended sales agreement allowing both airlines to to sell more flights to and from Europe and East Africa and destinations beyond Amsterdam and Nairobi.

The Dutch airline also owns a 7.8% stake in KQ. Prior to November 2017, KLM owned 26.7% before the Government increased its stake in the national carrier to 48.9% thus diluting KLM’s ownership by almost three-quarters.

Apart from KLM, the list of the safest carriers on the globe features airlines such as British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and V****n Atlantic.

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Carriers from Africa and South America failed to make the top 20 list.

Top 20 Safest Airlines in the World

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Qatar
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss and United Airlines
  • V****n Atlantic
  • V****n Australia

*in alphabetical order

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

The ratings are arrived at after consideration where AirlineRatings.com analyses information from the world’s aviation governing body and leading associations along with governments and c***h data.

Each airline considered can attain up to seven stars, with additional audits such as age fleet used to evaluate the top 20.

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According to AirlineRatings.com, i*******s are not considered.

“All airlines have i*******s every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems… It is the way the flight crew handles i*******s that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all i*******s together is very misleading,” Thomas said.

The Editor in Chief also added, “And some countries i******t reporting systems are weak further complicating matters.”

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