Top 10 World's Safest Airlines
Which Airlines Are The World's Safest?
Flight safety is something that most of us take for granted, but some airlines are undoubtedly safer than others.
Have you ever wondered which are the worlds's safest and the World's most dangerous airlines?
Information on this page is taken from a survey by askmen.com as well as Wikipedia and results are ranked on the basis of the number of flights since the last fatal accident. It should be noted that the only airline never to have suffered a fatal accident in the jet age is Qantas, however due to the relatively small number of flights per day that they operate compared to larger airlines they only make it to number four on the list of the world's safest airlines
Please bear in mind that there are other ways to rank airlines for safety, however all of the airlines on this page have excellent safety records by any measure.
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10. Cathay Pacific
Safest Airlines In The World
Based in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946. It is part of the Oneworld Alliance.
It has not had a fatal accident since 1972 and since then has flown over one million flights.
Cathay Pacific won airline of the year from Skytrax in 2009
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8= TAP Portugal - Safest Airlines In The World
TAP Portugal is the national carrier of Portugal. It is a member of the Star Alliance
TAP's last major accident was in 1977.which was its only accident with fatalities. In this incident flight 425 overshot the runway at Funchal and ended up on the beach.
In 2009 TAP carried 541,000 passengers.
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8= Aerolineas Argentinas - Safest Airlines In The World
Aerolineas Argentinas is the flag carrier airline for Argentina.
Despite near bankruptcy in the the 1990s and early 2000s, the airline continued to operate and was taken back into state control in 2008.
Despite 42 incidents with Aerolineas Argentinas since 1950 including a near collision with the World Trade Centre antenna in 1981 there have been no fatal accidents since 1970.
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7. Air New Zealand - Safest Airlines In The World
As the only carrier on this list with flights going around the whole world this airline would be a very safe bet for a round the world trip.
Air New Zealand is the national airline and flag carrier for New Zealand and a member of the Star Alliance.
It carries around 12 million passengers annually.
Its last fatal accident on an Air New Zealand owned and operated plane was in 1979.
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6. Aer Lingus - Safest Airlines In The World
Aer Lingus may be a small airline, but it is certainly a safe one.
Aer Lingus flew 10 million passengers in 2009
The last fatal accident for the airline was in 1968, since which time only three non fatal incidents have occurred.
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5.Finnair - Safest Airlines In The World
Finnair carries approximately 10 million passengers a year, and does so very safely with no fatal accidents or major incidents since 1963.
Finland's largest airline and flag carrier, Finnair is a member of the Oneworld Alliance.
Interesting fact: Finnair cabin crew are required to wear gloves for safety reasons during take off and landing.
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4. Qantas - Safest Airlines In The World
Qantas last fatal incident was in 1951 - Qantas has not had a single fatal accident in the jet age.
Qantas is the national airline of Australia and operates out of Sydney, Australia.
Qantas has recently suffered a number of serious incidents including a problem with an engine on one of its A380s that resulted in the grounding of its entire A380 fleet. Nonetheless none of these incidents resulted in a fatality and Qantas retained its status as the only airline without a single fatality in the jet age.
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3. All Nippon Airways - Safest Airlines In The World
All Nippon Aiways (ANA) is Japan's second largest airline.
ANA has a number of special liveries for its craft including two pokémon and one panda themed aircraft.
Despite two hijackings in the 1990s it has flown successfully since 1971 without any fatalities.
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2. Air Canada - Safest Airlines In The World
Air Canada has made over 4.8million flights since its last fatal accident occurred in 1983. Although this means that it has the most recent accident of any of the airlines on this list, that factor is offset by the fact that the airline has flown so many flights since that time.
Air Canada is the flag carrier and national airline of Canada and was a founding member of the Star Alliance. In 2006 Air Canada carried 34 million passengers.
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1. British Airways - Safest Airlines In The World
Based on the number of flights flown since the last fatal accident British Airways tops the safety league of the World's Safest Airlines, with no fatal accidents since 1976. Since that time they have flown over six million flights without a single fatality.
The 1976 incident, a mid air collision is the airline's only fatal accident since the company was formed in 1974.
British Airways, the UK national airline and a member of Oneworld flies 30-40 million passengers a year.
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