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REVEALED: The world's safest and unsafest airlines

Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways among the world's top safest carriers, says report

REVEALED: The world's safest and unsafest airlines
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The UAE's Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways are among the world's safest carriers, according to a survey by Hamburg-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), that examined 60 of the world's operators.

Finnair is the safest airline followed by Air New Zealand, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, Dubai's Emirates and Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, according to the survey. 

REVEALED: World’s safest airlines

REVEALED: World’s unsafest airlines

Virgin Australia beat British Airways for 9th place while the English carrier came ahead of Germany's Lufthansa which placed 11 on the list.

Qatar Airways was ranked 22, while Turkish Airlines was ranked 54 followed by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Brazil's Tam Airlines came in at 59 while Taiwan-based China Airlines was ranked as the least safe carrier.  

The number of fatalities reached 496 in 2012 compared with 498 the year before, while hull losses were 44 last year, down from 45 in 2011, according to JACDEC.

REVEALED: World’s safest airlines

REVEALED: World’s unsafest airlines

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Krish 6 years ago

This list is definitely the joke of the year !! i cant understand
the logic behind this joke. in a recent poll turkish airline was
voted the bestairline in europe . now its ranked 54th !!
these jokers missed out garuda, pia, iranair, aeroflot, nepalairlines.
this looks like some paid news !! any keep it up jokers of

Abdul hafeez Sheikh 6 years ago

What about IATA , do they feel the same way ,if so i congratulate Emirates air lines and Etihad alir lines They belong to the safest country in the world whihc is UAE

Jezinho 6 years ago

Whilst I appreciate that this report from JACDEC has been highlighted by ABC as it allows a degree of flag waving for EK and EY, the report is somewhat flawed. It uses loss and accident data over a 30 year period, thus (for example) Air Canada is marked down for the 23 lives lost when there was a fire aboard flight 797. But this tragedy took place on a DC9 in June 1983 and is thus hardly indicative of the safety regime that is now in place at the airline. The statistics also favour long haul airlines as the denominator is RPK. Furthermore, newer airlines such as EY benefit as their data only goes back to 2003 thus the probability of an accident is less.

DCDC 6 years ago

This research is incomplete or not based on real facts. If you research properly, research through ground service providers, airside employees, flight crew, engineering, security agencies, safety & security audits in place and how seriously they look at audit findings and recommendations, Emirates and Etihad is nowhere near to British Airways. Please research amount of extra security and safety measures BA has, compare to others and amount of money they spent which is not visible to the public.
My advise is if you want to fly fancy it may be Emirates, or Etihad. But if you want to fly safe its still BA.

jerry 6 years ago

Turkish airlines, unsafe?? are you kidding me?

Rob 6 years ago

Maybe the safe airlines are the ones that paid ab for their ranking.

Hikmat 6 years ago

We will accept this data, only if we know the base of the study.
Anybody has an idea??????

geg 6 years ago

As perceived safe as they are, this survey is nothing but a load of PR 3rd world adoration tosh! This is simply so way off reality, it doesn't warrant a moment's consideration.
Emirates and Etihad are infants. KLM is pretty much the word's oldest airline, flying not far short of a hundred years longer than the babies in question and considering the miles they have flown, their safety record is impeccable; not perfect but way up among the best such as Air Canada and Qantas etc., . Dare we mention a near perfect EL AL record?
This silly press release is aimed at the uninformed, largely unsophisticated mass who will now tout this absolute tosh as fact for years to come.
Hikmat hits the nail by asking to reveal the criteria and it is probably some PR agency getting paid - cashing in on the 'ask anyone from Dubai who seem to cult worship anything Emirates' who is the best and surprise surprise, it's Emirates! Yet credible critics know well they lack in several areas.

Feroze 6 years ago

This report is based on Hull loss and lives lost in accidents!! It is not based on what measures airlines have in place. I dont see how an airline can pay or not pay to have their names on the safest and not so safest list. Such numbers cannot lie!!

John Smith 6 years ago

Absolutely, as an ex EY employee, I agree with you 100% because I do know exactly what's going on and the ins and outs and cats behind, so to speak!