However much people tell you that flying is statistically the safest form of transport, it's still hard not feel a teensy bit vulnerable when you're suspended 40,000 feet in the sky.
So it's always calming to know that the airline you fly with doesn't have a reputation for, well, nosediving into the Atlantic Ocean. To that end, AirlineRatings.com has named the safest carrier in the world.
Mashable has reported that, after surveying 425 airlines, Australian carrier Qantas was found to be the safest, with "a fatality free record in the jet era — an extraordinary record."
"The world's oldest continuously operating airline has amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted by the British Advertising Standards Association as the industry's most experienced carrier."
The other top 20 airlines, in alphabetical order, include: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
The website also noted the safest low-cost airlines, which include in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.
Out of the low-cost and budget airlines, the safest were announced as: Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.
And as for the most dangerous? Batik Air, Bluewing Airlines, Citilin, Kal-Star Aviation, Lion Air. Sriwijaya Air. TransNusa, Trigana Air Service, Wings Air, Xpress Air.
Safe flying, people.