The world’s safest airlines, based on safety index ratings going back 30 years, have just been revealed, with some interesting outcomes.
The safety index ratings are based on various different factors including serious accidents within the last 30 years and the distances flown over the same time. The airlines are also measured on various other international safety standards.
The world’s safest airline has been revealed as Finnair (Helsinki, Finland), with Air New Zealand in second place and in third position is Cathay Pacific, which is based in Hong Kong.
The survey is interesting as no US airplanes feature in the Top 20; Southwest Airlines is the highest ranked US carrier at position 21.
Five British plane companies are featured in the safest Top 30, with British Airways leading the way as the UK’s highest ranking carrier in tenth place. Other positions include Virgin Atlantic 15, Easyjet 17, Thomas Cook Airlines 18 and Thomsonfly 26. Ryanair also made the list in position 32.
Top 10 Safest Airlines in the World 2013
1. Finnair (Finland)
2. Air New Zealand (New Zealand)
3. Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
4. Emirates (Dubai, UAE)
5. Etihad (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
6. Eva Air (Taiwan)
7. Tap (Portugal)
8. Hainan Airlines (China)
9. Virgin Australia (Australia)
10. British Airways (UK)
Other interesting airline ranks include Lufthansa at 11, Qantas at 13, Singapore Airlines at 30, Malaysia Airlines at 35, Air India at 58 and China Airlines 60.