Qantas is the safest airline in the world for 2019, according to newly released rankings.

The Australian flag carrier was awarded the top spot by Airlineratings.com, which looked at a range of factors when determining the safest airlines, including audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies, crash and serious incident records, and fleet age.

Airlines including British Airways, Emirates and Qatar were ranked among the world’s 20 safest airlines, while Wizz and Flybe were ranked among the world’s safest low-cost airlines.

But 98-year-old Qantas – the world’s oldest continuously operating carrier – was picked out in particular for amassing a comprehensive record of firsts in operations and safety.