2014 wasn’t exactly the best year for certain airlines and Malaysia Airlines, in particular, had two of its airplanes perishing with hundreds of casualties. But there are some airlines which continue to be considered as reliable, while there are others which are better avoided!
On January, there was published the list of the ten airlines, which according to www.AirlineRatings.com , a site about review and comparison of the airlines worldwide, are considered to be the safest internationally. The research company Airline Ratings, evaluates 449 airlines in total and awards them with “stars” according to their services in annual basis.
Airline Ratings, in order to come to the 10 capital airlines, doesn’t take into account just the accidents’ history and the factory and governmental inspections, but also, other factors as well, irrelevant with safety, such as services provided to the passenger, seats, entertainment system, food etc.
In other words, airlines which are not mentioned in the top ten, doesn’t mean that are less safe. They may be just a little less luxurious..
The ten safest airlines worldwide are:
Foundation: 16th November 1920
Seat: New South Wales, Australia
Figures: Lee Clifford (president)
Fleet: 131 aircrafts
Qantas (officially as Qantas Airways Limited) is the national air transporter of Australia. Its seat is in Sydney, and its main node is Sydney airport. It is the oldest airline with a constant operation worldwide, and the second oldest in the whole world.
It hasn’t lost a single passenger since the start of jet flights in 1951 and it has conquered a series of impressive leads: it was the first which went around the world with an organized schedule in 1958, it was the first to establish the “black box” in its fleet, it developed a reliable navigation system and a “blind” landing system and it updated on time its operators’ training, in order to minimize the possibilities of a human mistake in the cockpit.
Foundation: 26th April 1940
Seat: Oakland, New Zealand
Figures: Tony Carter (President)
Fleet: 106 (including affiliates) aircrafts
Air New Zealand Limited is the national air transporter of New Zealand. Based in Oakland, the airlines run regular passenger flights in 25 domestic and 26 international destinations in 15 countries in the whole Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.
It was awarded with the title of “Airline of the year” for 2010 and 2012 from World Airline Awards.
Last accident occurred in 1979 and the last serious incident in 2002 when a small piece of the wing in a Boeing 747 was dislodged without anyone being harmed.
Foundation: 31 March 1974
Seat: England, UK
Figures: Keith Williams (chief executive and president)
Fleet: 287 aircrafts
British Airways is the biggest airlines in the UK. It is also one of the biggest airlines in the world, with more transatlantic flights from Europe than any other airlines. Its main bases are London airports, International Heathrow Airport and International Gatwick Airport.
Its only deadly incident was occurred in 1976 and since then, its progress is excellent. Even when in 2008, one of its aircrafts had to land with both its engines off in Heathrow airport and suffer serious damages which couldn’t be repaired, all its passengers were rescued.
Foundation: 24th September 1946
Seat: Hong Kong
Figures: John Slosar (President)
Fleet: 133 aircrafts
Cathay Pacific is the national air transporter of Hong Kong, with seat and main node the International Hong Kong Airport. According to the International Air Transports Union in 2010, Cathay Pacific became the biggest international freight airline worldwide, along with the International Hong Kong Airport being the busiest airport in the world, in an aspect of trading action.
In addition, the company is constantly listed among the top-ranking of the world for its services.
The last deadly incident occurred in 1972 from the explosion of a bomb which was placed on the plane. Since then, the company’s progress is excellent.
Seat: UAE, Dubai
Figures: Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (president and financial director)
Fleet: 213 aircrafts
Emirates is the airline whose base is the International Dubai Airport in Dubai. It is affiliate with the company The Emirates Group which entirely belongs to Dubai government. It runs 3.000 flights per week from the International Dubai Airport to more than 150 cities in 74 different countries.
It is one of the ten best airlines in the world, with no accident until now. The last incident was a mechanical breakdown in the engine in 2012 which led to forced landing without any more consequences. From the aspect of service and performance is one of the best worldwide.
Foundation: March 1989
Figures: Chang Kuo-Wei (President)
Fleet: 62 aircrafts
EVA Airways Corporation is an international airline seated in Taiwan. It runs flights in 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. It is the second biggest airline in Taiwan, after China Airlines.
Until today, EVA Air didn’t have any aircrafts’ losses or passengers’ deaths during its operational history. Since 21 January 2014, EVA Air is placed on number 5 of more than 800 airlines from the International Aero.
Seat: UAE, Abu Dhabi
Fleet: 89 aircrafts
Etihad Airways is one of the two main airlines of the United Arab Emirates. It was founded under royal command on July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, it started its flights on November 2003. The name derives from the Arab word… (union).
The company performs more than a thousand flights daily in 96 passenger and trading destinations in Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and America with a fleet of 101 Airbus and Boeing airplanes.
Etihad Airways is one of the few airlines which perform flights in all the 6 habitable continents.◊
Foundation: 1 November 2003
Seat: Vantaa, Finland
Figures: Pekka Vauramo (President & Chief Executive)
Fleet: 59 aircrafts
Without any incident for 60 years, the Finnish airline is rightfully placed in top ten.
Finnair Plc is the vector of the flag and the biggest airline in Finland, with its seat in Vantaa and its main node the airport Elsinki-Vantaa.
Its main shareholder is the government of Finland, with 55,8% of the shares. Finnair is the fifth oldest airline in the world, with unceasing existence. With no deadly accident since 1963, it is one of the safest airlines in the world.
Foundation: 6 January 1963
Seat: Cologne, Germany
Fleet: 286 aircrafts
Figures: Carsten Spor (Chief Executive)
Deutsche Lufthansa is the biggest airline in Germany and one of the biggest worldwide. Its main base is Frankfurt Airport.
Foundation: 28 January 1972
Fleet: 104 aircrafts
Singapore Airlines is the national air transporter of Singapore and one of the few airlines granted with 5 stars. The airline’s base is the international airport Changi of Singapore. Singapore Airlines has a strong presence in Southeastern Asia, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and the so called “Kangaroo Route” (the flight between Australia and UK, through the eastern hemisphere).
On October 2000 it had its first and only deadly accident. In total presence, it is constantly placed on the top airline lists of the world, concerning service and convenience.