(CNN) — Airline safety is one of those things you hope you'll never have to worry about when you travel.

But even the most nervous of fliers should take heart when flying Australia's flag carrier, Qantas —  as it has just been rated the safest airline in the world for what is effectively the seventh year in a row.

The safety table was created by AirlineRatings.com, an airline safety and product review website, which monitors 405 airlines around the world and produces an annual list of the ones deemed safest.

Qantas held the title of the world's safest airline from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, AirlineRatings could find no clear "winner" so awarded the accolade jointly to the top 20 airlines, listing them alphabetically.

But this year, Qantas has returned to the top.

The rankings take into account factors including audits from aviation bodies and governments, crash and serious incident records, fleet age, financial position, pilot training and culture.

They did not look at minor incidents, as "all airlines have incidents every day," says Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Australian-based website.

"It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one," he tells CNN Travel.

"Qantas has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the pure-jet era."

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