Saturday, January 12, 2013

Safest Airlines in the World

So what are the top 10 safest airlines in the world?  Hint: none are from the United States.

1. Finnair - Finland
2. Air New Zealand - New Zealand
3. Cathay Pacific - Hong Kong
4. Emirates - United Arab Emirates
5. Eithad Airways - United Arab Emirates
6. EVA Airways - Taiwan
7. TAP Portugal - Portugal
8. Hainan Airlines - China
9. Virgin Australia - Australia
10. British Airways - United Kingdom

Bottom 10

51. SkyWest Airlines - United States
52. South African Airways - South Africa
53. Thai Airways International - Thailand
54. Turkish Airlines - Turkey
55. Saudia - Saudi Arabia
56. Korean Air - South Korea
57. GOL Transportes Aereos - Brazil
58. Air India - India
59. TAM Airlines - Brazil
60. China Airlines - Taiwan

Where did the USA end up on the rest of the list?

14. JetBlue Airways
21. Southwest Airlines
28. Delta Air Lines
31. United Airlines
42. American Airlines
44. US Airways
45. Alaska Airlines

From the Brisbane Times:
The Germany-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre, or JACDEC, calculates its annual rankings based on aircraft loss accidents and serious incidents where an accident nearly occurred over the past 30 years.

The resulting Safety Index relates the accidents to the revenue per passenger kilometre [RPK] performed by the airline over the same time.

None of the top nine ranked airlines had lost an aircraft or had a fatality during the 30-year period, but many had also not been active for the full 30 years.

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