AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the world’s ten safest airlines. Everyone has been aware of the latest airline disasters and although 2013 was one of the safest years in aviation history, 2014 was considered to be one of the worst in recent years in terms of fatalities due to the several high-profile air incidents. There were 21 fatal accidents with 986 fatalities in 2014. As a result, how safe an airline is considered will certainly sway my own decision on who to fly with.
Qantas has snapped up the number one spot with the youngest fleet at just 7.9 years old. Also in the top ten are Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. What makes these airlines safe is their position at the forefront of safety innovation and launching of new planes, although from personal experience, I feel British Airways needs to update its European fleet.
This year, the site also included a list of the top 10 safest low cost airlines for 2015 which included Aer Lingus (Ireland), Alaska Airlines (U.S), Icelandair (Iceland), Jetblue (U.S.), Jetstar (Australia), Kulula.com (South Africa), Monarch Airlines (UK), Thomas Cook (UK), TUIfly (Germany) and WestJet (Canada).
Fatal accidents for 2014 were at a record low 21 one for every 1.3 million flights. Then in March of 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and 239 people were lost. The plane is thought to be somewhere in the Indian Ocean but MH370 remains lost for now. In July 2015, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Malaysia Airlines now has a five out of seven ranking on AirlineRatings.com.
The fatal accident of Flight QZ8501, AirAsia Indonesia which went down over the Java Sea on December 28 with 162 people on board has reduced AirAsia’s safety rating a four out of seven. Prior to December, AirAsia had a near flawless safety record, with no fatal accidents.
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