Another great article for travellers. Have you ever wondered how safe the airline you are about to board is? AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, has announced its top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from the 449 it monitors.
Top of the list again is Qantas which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the remainder of the top ten in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.
AirlineRatings.com’s rating system takes into account a range of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies such as the FAA and ICAO as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.
AirlineRating.com’s editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, also examined airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top ten safest airlines.
The AirlineRatings.com top ten are always at the forefront of safety innovation and launching new planes and these airlines are a byword for excellence.
Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low cost airlines.
They are in alphabetical order: Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair, Jetstar, Jetblue, Kulula.com, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly and Westjet.
Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) audit and have excellent safety records.
Of the 449 airlines surveyed 149 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less. Five airlines only achieved one star for safety from AirlineRatings.com. These are: Agni Air, Kam Air, Nepal Airlines, Scat and Tara Air.
In making their decision, AirlineRatings.com editors noted that over its 94-year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.
In 2008 in its successful defence to the British Advertising Standards Association of its claim that it is the world’s most experienced airline, Qantas was able to list almost 30 notable industry leading achievements.
The Australian airline has been a leader in: the development of the Future Air Navigation System; the Flight Data Recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance; automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud using RNP.
Qantas was the lead airline with real time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue.
There is no doubt 2014 was a bad year for airline safety with some of the most tragic and bizarre incidents in modern history but the numbers can be deceiving.
Certainly 21 fatal accidents with 986 fatalities – higher than the 10-year average – is sickening. However, the world’s airlines carried a record 3.3 billion passengers on 27 million flights.
Flashback 50 years and there were a staggering 87 crashes killing 1,597 when airlines carried only 141 million passengers – 5 per cent of today’s number.
Another twist is that fatal accidents for 2014 were at a record low 21 – one for every 1.3 million flights. Two of the crashes last year – MH370 and MH17 – were unprecedented in modern times and claimed 537 lives.
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Flight MH17 was brought down July 17, 2014, over Ukraine by Russian backed terrorists using a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from the territory which they controlled. Just few minutes after the tragedy pro-Russian terrorists announced, via social networks, they shot down the plane, mistakenly thinking it was Antonov military plane of Ukrainian Army. But in reality the passenger Boeing 777-200ER from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur having been shot down. This tragedy caused the plane crash on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
Three days before the MH17 was brought down, terrorists claimed responsibility for shooting down an Antonov-24 military transport plane. Also June 14, 2014, they used anti-aircraft weapons and large-caliber machine guns against the Ilyushin-76 transport plane, which carried 40 Ukrainian paratroopers flying in as part of a routine rotation and a crew of nine. There were no survivors.
Top ten safest airlines list.
2. Air New Zealand
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. British Airways
6. Etihad Airways
7. EVA Air
10. Singapore Airlines
Have a safe trip!