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Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

World's safest airlines revealed

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

1 Finnair
2 Air New Zealand
3 Cathay Pacific
4 Emirates
5 Etihad
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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  • Outside the time parameters.

    A simple explanation for Barry Keating and his comment re the author's accuracy. Air New Zealand's accident at Mt Erebus was in November 1979 - over 33 years ago. The time parameter for this survey was 30 years. In the intervening period Qantas has had several well publicised mishaps that whilst causing no loss of life had the potential to do so.

    By Gary Westwood, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • dustin hoffman?

    intrigued to know meaning of 'Industry Travel Asia's (anon?) comment. I guess it's referring to Hoffman's portrayal of the autistic character in the movie preferring not to fly but travel overland? I would hope the implication is not to relate a fear of flying and of flying certain 'riskier' carriers to autism? And how exactly are 'times changing'? Did you mean for better or worse, as you fail to say?

    By derek small, Friday, January 18, 2013

  • New Year - New Stats

    Times change and it is interesting to see 'Rain Man' having issues choosing an airline. Qantas is no longer seen as the safe bet as other factors come into play, like age of fleet, maintenance (labor) practices, training of staff (who dies on board because 'foreign' cabin crew untrained), and general issues like rostered hours of crews. Pleased to see a Chinese airline in the top 10 and certainly doing better than some 'names' in the industry.

    By Industry Travel Asia, Friday, January 18, 2013

  • losing an aircraft not the only issue

    Barry, I don't think the authors just take losing an entire aircraft into account but other safety issues as well. I'd be happier on an airline that had lost one plane in many hundreds of thousands of flights, but had no other potentially serious incidents in 30 years, than one which was being accused (as Ryanair has been, interestingly lying 32nd!)) of perhaps suffering more safety incidents in the pursuit of growth obtained by lower fares by means such as maximisation of aircraft usage. I'm sure Ryanair and supporters would like to comment back on this.

    By derek small, Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Flawed Research

    Air New Zealand crashed into Mount Erebus Killing all on board Qantas have never even lost an aircraft on their long haul fleet The disparity requires a lot of explanation by the authors

    By barry keating, Friday, January 11, 2013

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