Passenger Group Names Safest Airlines: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are among the safest carriers in the industry, the International Airline Passengers Assn. said. The passenger group also placed British Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines Systems on the list of the world's safest major carriers. The association based its rating on 10 years of data. The association said the safest mid-size airlines are All Nippon Airways, America West Airlines, Ansett Australia Airlines, Canadian Airlines International and Saudi Arabian Airlines. The safest smaller airlines are Alaska Airlines, Finnair, KLM, Malaysian Airline System and Swissair.