Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013
Finnair is the world's safest airline, according to Europe's Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre.
It ranked Air New Zealand second, followed by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific.
British Airways was the highest ranking UK carrier, making it into 10th position.
Virgin Atlantic came 15th, easyJet 17th, Thomas Cook Airlines 18th, Thomsonfly 26th and Ryanair 32nd.
JACDEC collects and analyses safety occurrences from airlines around the world.
The Safety Index ratings are calculated by comparing serious incidents suffered by airlines over the past 30 years to the revenue passenger kilometres they have flown over the same period.
Airlines are also measured against other international safety benchmarks.
No US airline made the top 20, Southwest Airlines coming in highest at No 21.
The Safety Index Top Ten
2 Air New Zealand
3 Cathay Pacific
6 Eva Air
7 Tap Portugal
8 Hainan Airlines
9 Virgin Australia
10 British Airways
Other rankings included Lufthansa (11), ANA (12), Qantas (13), Jetstar Airways (20), Qatar Airways (22), Air Asia (29), Singapore Airlines (30), Malaysia Airlines (35), China Southern Airlines (48), South African Airways (52), Thai Airways International (53), Air India (58) and China Airlines (60).
Virgin Atlantic's proposed new partner Delta, which is planning to buy a stake in the UK airline, came 28th.
In total, there were 496 fatalitites on commercial flights last year, two fewer than in 2011. The number of hull losses (aircraft write-offs) was 44, one less than the previous year.
by Ian Jarrett & Linsey McNeill
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