Top 10 World's Safest Airlines
The World's Safest Airlines Listed And Ranked
Stepping onto an aircraft is something of an act of faith; faith that the airline you are flying with has taken all of the steps necessary to ensure that their plane is as safe as it can possibly be.
Governments around the world operate a regulatory framework which ensures that only commercial airlines that meet certain minimum standards can enter their airspace. Nonetheless there are big differences in airlines' safety records.
Below you will find airline rankings loosely based on a survey in askmen.com. To this I have added further information found on airline websites, as well as wikipedia and other online sources.
The basis for ranking is the number of flights since the last fatal accident, just one of many criteria that could have been chosen. This means that the only airline on the list with no crashes in the jet age (Qantas) is not actually ranked at no. 1 due to the relatively small number of flights their planes have flown.
I hope you find this list useful. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page to share your experiences with these or any other airlines.
10. Cathay Pacific
Number 10 on the list of world's safest airlines is Cathay Pacific.
Cathay Pacific operates out of Hong Kong flying all over the world. Since 1972, the year of its last fatal accident it has flown over one milion flights.
The 1972 incident involved a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong, when a bomb was detonated on board.
8= TAP Portugal
In equal eighth position for the world's safest airline is TAP Portugal the Portugese national airline.
TAP Portugal's last fatal accident was a runway overshoot in Funchal when the plane missed the runway and crashed onto a beach.
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8= Aerolineas Argentinas
Aerolineas Argentinas is the Argentinian national airline.
Aerolineas Argentinas has had 43 accidents since it started operating flights in 1950, but the last fatal accident was in 1970. Since then there have been no incidents which have resulted in fatalities.
7. Air New Zealand
7. Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is the NZ national airline, operating out of Auckland NZ. It runs flights to 24 different international destinations and does so very safely indeed.
The last fatal accident was in 1979 when a mid air collision resulted in 257 fatalities. Since then Air New Zealand has had a number of incidents but no fatalities on their owned and operated flights.
6. Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus operates out of Dublin Airport in Ireland and is the flag carrier of Ireland.
It has had no fatal accidents since 1968 and very few non fatal accidents in the intervening years.
Aer Lingus was severely affected by the September 11th attacks, but has since returned to profitable operations.
Finnair, part of Oneworld is Finland's national airline and centers its operations out of Helsinki Airport. It has airline lounges at both Helsinki and Stockholm airports. It flies to 55 international destinations and 15 domestic airports.
The airline has had only two fatal incidents in its history in 1961 and 1963. Since then the airline has been fatality free.
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Qantas is the Australian national airline and has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Although it does not make the number one spot due to the relatively low number of flights it flies relative to other airlines, it is the only airline without a single fatality in the jet age. Were the rankings based on number of fatalities Qantas would be ranked as the world's safest airline in this list.
Qantas have recently had a series of incidents on board their flights, including one mid air problem which temporarily grounded its whole fleet of A380s. However, none of the recent incidents have resulted in any serious injury or fatality.
3. All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways or ANA is the second largest airline in Japan. It has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The last fatal accident for All Nippon was in 1971 when all 162 passengers on board flight 58 were killed following a mid air collision with a fighter jet. At the time this was the deadliest air disaster ever in history.
Since 1971 there have been a number of incidents, but no fatal accidents for All Nippon.
2. Air Canada
Air Canada is the Canadian national airline and was founded in 1936. It has its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.
It has had no fatalities on any of its flights since 1983 when a fire in the cabin caused the death of 23 of the 41 passengers. The airline has experienced seven other serious incidents since this time, but none of them have resulted in fatalities.
1. World's Safest Airline- BRITISH AIRWAYS
1. World's Safest Airline - British Airways
British Airways is the national carrier of the United Kingdom and operates out of three main hubs: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and London City Airport.
Using number of flights since the last fatal accident as the basis for ranking, British Airways ranks as the safest airline in the world.
British Airways was formed in 1974, and since that time has experienced only one fatal accident in 1976. The 1976 incident resulted in the deaths of all 54 passengers and 9 crew on board.
Since that time there have been a number of incidents on British Airways planes, but none have resulted in a fatality, meaning that British Airways is currently the safest airline in the world.
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