One thing businesspeople do is travel, and much of this travel takes place via airlines. In fact, Americans log more than 452 million business trips each year, a significant number of which involve air travel.

While low prices are always a big plus when it comes to air travel, airline safety records are understandably even more important for travelers. recently published a survey of the top-20 safest airlines in the world. This survey drew from airline fatality records, operational histories, past incidents, and government audits. Is your favorite airline on the list?

#1 Qantas (for the third year in a row)

The remaining 19 airlines on the top-20 safest airlines list were provided by in alphabetical, not rank order. Notably missing from the top-20 list is U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines.

Air New Zealand

Alaska Airlines

All Nippon Airlines

American Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways


Etihad Airways



Hawaiian Airlines

Japan Airlines



Scandinavian Airline System

Singapore Airlines


United Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Australia