7th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

Air travel is one of the safest forms of transportation around. And things are only getting better.

That said, some airlines are still better at it than others. That is why AirlineRatings.comreleases an annual list of the 20 safest carriers in the world.

"With travel today taking passengers to every corner of the globe, with hundreds of airlines to choose from and a wide variety of standards from one airline to another, it is essential that passengers get the right information about the safety ratings as well as product," Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said in a statement.

The publication's safety-rating system was developed with the help of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization.

The 20 safest airlines are selected from a pool of 409 carriers. To compile its list, the website's team of editors evaluated each airline based on its standing with international regulators, its fatality record over the past 10 years, the age of its fleet of planes, its result from an International Air Transport Association safety audit, and whether its country of origin conformed with the International Civil Aviation Organization's eight-point safety parameter. All of the airlines on this list passed those tests with flying colors.

This year, the editors at declined to select a single winner. Instead, they simply named the 20 safest airlines in the world in alphabetical order.

Here's a look at which airlines made the list.

Air New ZealandAlaska AirlinesAll Nippon AirwaysBritish AirwaysCathay Pacific AirwaysEmiratesEtihad AirwaysEVA AirFinnairHawaiian AirlinesJapan AirlinesKLMLufthansaQantasRoyal Jordanian AirlinesScandinavian Airline SystemSingapore AirlinesSwissVirgin Atlantic and, Virgin Australia.