The annual list of the 10 safest flights in the world have been unveiled by AirlineRatings.com. It’s not surprising that Australian airline Qantas has managed to clinch the first place. The airline is now considered gold standard , thanks to the youngest fleet and safety innovations over the last 60 years. The rest include: Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, EVA, Air New Zealand, Finnair and Lufthansa.
The ranking system at AirlineRatings considers audit work from governing bodies and lead associations of aviation along with fatality records of various airlines and government audits. It also takes into account the incident records. operational history and excellence of the airlines.
With a total 449 airlines under consideration, 149 enjoy seven-star safety ranking. It has also enlisted the 10 safest cost efficient airlines this year. These include: 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).
Clearly, this is a sensitive time for Airline Ratings to reveal its list. 2013 may have been one of the safest years in the history of global aviation but 2014 was the exact opposite. A total of 21 fatal accidents were recorded along with 986 fatalities in the year. This is said to be greater than the average recorded in the decade. Conversely, there were merely 111 crashes observed in the year which is a new low in over 80 years. The last time this figure was observed was way back in 1927.
It is worth noting that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 also disappeared in the same year while taking 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Some officials are of the view that the plane is stranded in the Indian Ocean but there is still no sign of its existence after 10 months of it being reported missing. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was also shot down in Eastern Ukraine whereby 298 passengers were killed. The rankings of Malaysia Airlines took a hit as a result. It now rests at five out of seven.
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