2014 was not a good year for airline companies. The airline industry witnessed tragedies like the disappearance of a Malaysian Airline flight and the AirAsia crash. There were 21 recorded fatal accidents and 986 fatalities in aviation last year. Due to the series of accidents, many travellers are wondering about their safety with airlines and want to know which airline is the safest one.
Then again, flying continues to be among the safest modes of transportation in the world. According to AirlineRatings.com, a website specializing in consumer aviation, commercial airline companies safely helped 3.3 billion passengers in reaching their destination in 2014. Approximately 27 million flights flew last year.
The Australia-based AirlineRatings website recently surveyed around 450 of the best airlines services in the world and came up with its list of top ten airlines. In compiling the list, AirlineRatings evaluated every airline on the light of its standing with international regulators, the company’s fatality record spanning the recent past up to 10 years and also the results of the safety audit from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). Other decisive factors included whether the country of the airline’s origin conformed to the 8-point safety requirements of International Civil Aviation Organization.
The list, however, mostly highlights the excellence of airlines originating from Europe, Australia and Asia. British Airways is the only one in the list belonging to airlines UK. There is a stark absence of carriers originating from Africa and America in the list. AirlineRatings crowned Quantas, the Australian airline at the peak position in the best airlines services in the world. The ratings agency, however, did not specify any number to the remaining carriers.
- Air New Zealand
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air
- Singapore Airlines
Among the 449 commercial airliners put into the grind, the highest safety ranking of seven stars was acquired by 149 carriers. Fifty airlines received less then three stars. Only three airlines namely Tara Air, Kam Air and Nepal Airlines got one-star rating for safety from Airline Ratings.
During the survey, the website took note of Quantas’s 94-year old history and the Australian carrier’s stellar track record when it came to operations and safety. The carrier is now widely recognised for its customer experience and many service providers in the industry consider it to be a benchmark.
Quantas has about 30 industry achievements under its belt. They include developing Future Air Navigation System, automatic landings by utilizing Global Navigation Satellite System and Flight Data Recorder for monitoring both crew and aircraft performance. The Australian carrier is also renowned for its precision approaches in the vicinity of mountains during cloudy conditions using RNP. The company is in the forefront when it comes to monitoring real time performance of aircraft engines across the fleet. It continues to do so by utilising satellite communications, which help the airline in detecting any problem before it snowballs into a safety issue.