The Kiwi company finished behind Finnair and ahead of Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Virgin Australia, which were in the top 10.

Air New Zealand’s Chief flight operations and safety officer David Morgan said safety is “non-negotiable at Air New Zealand”, in the New Zealand Herald.

“We have worked hard as an airline to create a safety culture which has been embraced by more than 10,000 employees and it’s very pleasing to have been recognised by an external agency,” he said.

The list is calculated by measuring hull loss accidents and serious incidents against an airline’s revenue passenger kilometres from the past 30 years.

JADEC also takes international safety benchmarks into account.

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