TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan-based EVA Airways has been ranked among the world’s 20 safest airlines for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest rankings compiled by an airline safety and product rating review website.

In the latest report published Jan. 3 by AirlineRatings.com, EVA Air maintained its place in the top 20 for the sixth consecutive year among the 405 airlines that were monitored.

In response to the honor, EVA Air said in a statement that safety is the most important issue in the aviation industry and a red line that cannot be crossed.

The airline has a safety culture committed to high standards of discipline, whether in aviation safety, safety while undergoing repairs, safety on the ground, or occupational safety, EVA Air said.

Apart from EVA Air, the other airlines ranked among the 20 safest in the world were Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia, AirlineRatings.com showed.

Each airline’s evaluation is based on a comprehensive analysis, including audits from global aviation governing bodies and leading associations, government information, crash, and serious incident records, profitability, and fleet age, the website said.

AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said in the report that the 20 airlines “stand out in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft.” The website also identified the 10 safest low-cost airlines as Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia/Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet, and Wizz.

AirlineRatings.com was launched in 2013 and rates the safety and in-flight product of 405 airlines.

By Chen Wei-ting and William Yen