While there's nothing like getting huge discounts when booking flights, safety is also a primary concern especially if you're planning a long-haul trip. If you're willing to try airlines other than your seat sale favorites, you may want to consider one of the world's safest 20, according to AirlineRatings.com, which has taken into account "a comprehensive range of factors that include: audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age."

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Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2019 (in alphabetical order)

  • 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
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia)

According to the report, it was Quantas who got the top slot, as it is considered not only the "industry's most experienced airline," but also has "an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety" as per the 2008 British Advertising Standards Association ruling.

There are many factors that make one a top airline when it comes to safety, and it's not just airworthiness. They also include operations, navigation services, accident investigations, and the age of its fleets, among others. In fact, the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit has over 1,000 parameters to help audit and evaluate airlines, so if you're flying with one included in the the top 20 safest, that means that unless something really untowardly occurs, you can kick back on your flight and rest easy.

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