The 20 safest airlines in the world

By: Erika Owen, Travel + Leisure

Despite air travel being one of the safest forms of transportation, accidents still (very unfortunately) happen. Whether it's extreme turbulence or unusual airplane tragedies, airlines are still making headlines. AirlineRatings.com—a website dedicated to reviewing airlines and travel-related products—recently published their annual list of airline safety records. Before you read too much into this list, not all airlines are included in the rating. This year's survey involved 407 airlines.

Each airline was judged on a number of data points: fatality records from the past 10 years, safety audit results from the International Air Transport Association, and whether or not the airline's origin country complies with the International Aviation Organization's eight-point safety parameter. Which airline came out on top? Qantas, which has held the No. 1 spot for three consecutive years.

Ahead, the top 20 safest airlines of 2016:

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Air New Zealand 
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways 
American Airlines 
Cathay Pacific Airways
Emirate
Etihad Airways 
Eva Airways 
Finnair 
Japan Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Qantas Airways 
Scandinavian Airline 
Singapore Airlines 
Swiss Airline
United Airlines 
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Australia
Lufthansa
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