Despite the number of tragic mishaps of various airlines in the recent times, there are few carriers that have surfaced as the safest airlines for travel. Passenger safety and emergency guidance are the main concern of these airlines. According to study by the Air Transport Rating Agency, European and US carriers have dominated the list of top 10 safest airlines throughout the world. These airlines have been operating more than fifty to sixty years without any complain. Scroll further to know in detail about the Top 10 Safest Airlines.
Top Ten Safest Airlines in the World
Here is the selection of Top Ten Safest Airlines with the details of its safety.
1. British Airways
A flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, British Airways is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers. With no fatal accidents since 1976, and a staggering six million flights after that, the carrier is also regarded as one of the top 10 safest airlines in the world. The British Airways Board was established in 1971 and is among the oldest airlines still in operation.
2. Air Canada
Being the first Canadian carrier to use weapon-detecting magnetometers at boarding gates, Air Canada has ranked high among the safest airways to reach your destinations. Founded in 1936 and flying to 178 destinations worldwide, the airline has made 4.86 million flights since its last grievous misfortune in 1986. In 2006, 34 million people flew with Air Canada as the airline celebrated its 70th anniversary. Air Canada is presently recognized as the Skytrax Best International Airline in North America.
Lufthansa, a German flag carrier is the largest airline in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size as passengers find it quite safe for traveling. Also the airline is the world’s fourth-largest airline in terms of overall passengers carried, operating services to 18 domestic destinations and 197 international destinations in 78 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, formed in 1997.
Qantas, an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”, carries a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carries 18.7% of all passengers traveling in and out of Australia. Passengers prefer the airline as it is safe and welcome passengers with specific needs and have developed a detailed guide for emergency. Its last fatal accident happened in 1951, meaning nearly 62 years ago, and more than 2.5 million flights have passed without major incident.
US Airways employs pilots with decades of experience and who are committed in making sure that every flight they fly arrives safely at its destination. It is a major U.S. airline based in the U.S. city of Tempe, Arizona. A member of the Star Alliance Network, the airline utilizes a fleet of 346 mainline jet aircraft and 285 regional jet and turbo-prop aircraft connecting 198 destinations in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Being the fifth oldest airline in the world with uninterrupted existence, Finnair had no severe accidents for almost 50 years since 1963. Dating its origin back to 1920s, the airline is unique in that it actually flies through the arctic for much shorter routes to Asia, and flies to 55 international destinations carrying around 10 million passengers around the globe.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world and has carried more than 7 million passengers since the super-jumbo was introduced to its fleet in August 2008. The Dubai based airline operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and is one of only nine airlines to operate an all-wide-body aircraft fleet. In 2011 the airline was the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of international passengers carried and largest in the world in terms of scheduled international passenger-kilometers flown.
8. Air New Zealand
The only airline to have flights covering the entire globe, Air New Zealand is the safest airline to avail. It has been in operation since 1965 and its last dangerous accident occurred in 1979 and since then, over 1.5 million flights have passed without fatalities. The Air New Zealand symbol is a Maori koru representation of a fern frond unfolding, and signifies new life, growth and renewal.
9. TAP Portugal
Founded 1945 as Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, TAP Portugal last major accident took place in 1977. The company celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2005, and retains an outstanding safety record, flying to over 30 different countries and making an average of 1,600 flights per week. TAP’s route network comprises 80 destinations in 36 countries worldwide operating almost 2,000 weekly flights with a fleet of 55 Airbus aircraft, and 16 further aircraft servicing regional subsidiary carrier Portugália Airlines.
Air France-KLM was created by the mutually agreed merger between Air France and Netherlands-based KLM on 5 May 2004 and since then safety is a priority for the airline. In 2008, it was the largest airline company in the world in terms of total operating revenues, and also the largest in the world in terms of international passenger-kilometers.