Usual guesses, garbage and downright nonsense which always accompanies questions regarding safest, least safe etc.
With very few exceptions you cannot state with any certainty which airline is more, or less, safe than any other.
Cubana and Korean have horrendous records for airlines of their size. Aeroflot cannot, logically be dealt with as an airline as each Directorate had semi-autonomous authority and provided everything from long haul service, through ambulance flights to crop spraying. but ALL accidents were attributed to Aeroflot.
QANTAS is forever being hailed for its safe record, the urban myth is it has neverhad an accident or a fatality. A look at the record proves this is false and they have just paid a fortune to put the aircraft that overran at Bangkok back in the air, to avoid their "unblemished" record of not writing off a jetliner being tarnished.
Don't forget that on July 1st this year, statistically, Concorde was the safest transport aircraft in the world with 0% fatalities across the whole fleet. By August 1st it was statistically one of the most dangerous with 7.142% of the total fleet involved in fatal accidents.
This is equal to 267.5 fatal accidents involving the B737
at today's production figures. The 737 has been involved in 47 fatal incidents and is, even with the rudder problems, considered on e of the world's safest and most effective transports.
If you want a good starting point for FACTS, the airsafe.com site IS excellent, but like any other set of statistics, you have to take the figures in context of rotations, passengers carried, type of service, area of operations, route miles flown.
Finally, if a pilot not turning up for a flight makes for an unsafe airline then we are in the area of Alice in Wonderland.
Unless of course, his failure to take the flight led to fatalities when the passengers attacked the cabin crew and the cabin crew massacred the passengers, but our correspondent fails to divulge how this experience on Garuda affected flight safety.