The world’s safest airlines
January 14th, 2013 by elisa

Finnair - the world's safest airline. Picture by Flickr user Joi

Finnair – the world’s safest airline. Picture by Flickr user Joi

Europe’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has compiled a list of the world’s safest airlines. 

According to its data, Finnair is the world’s safest airline, with Air New Zealand a close second, and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in third place.

The Safety Index ratings are calculated using data from serious incidents suffered by airlines over 30 years, to revenue passenger kilometres flown in the same period. Other international safety benchmarks are also included in the comparison.

The highest ranking UK airline is British Airways in 10th place. Virgin Atlantic came 15th, Easyjet 17th, Thomas Cook Airlines 18th, Thomsonfly 26th and Ryanair out in 32nd place.

The highest ranking US airline is Southwest Airlines, making it to 21st place, meaning that no US airline made it into the top 20.

Top Ten in the Safety Index

1 Finnair

2 Air New Zealand

3 Cathay Pacific

4 Emirates

5 Etihad

6 Eva Air

7 Tap Portugal

8 Hainan Airlines

9 Virgin Australia

10 British Airways


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