Tuesday, August 30, 2011

World's top 10 safest airlines named

While European and American airlines infrequently feature in the top 10 rankings for best customer service, airlines from these regions have dominated a latest list of the world's safest carriers.

A report by the Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA), released yesterday, found that the safest carriers in the world were primarily those based in Europe and the US.

No Australian airlines featured in the top 10.

Air France-KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa are the Safest Airlines in Europe.

The safest US-based airlines are AMR Corporation, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, while the safest from Asia is Japan Airlines, it said, without giving a ranking within the top ten.

To obtain this categorization, the first of its kind, ATRA examined publicly available information on 15 criteria, such as the average age of the aircraft used or the homogeneity of the fleet, it said.
The agency explained that to understand Airline safety, one needed not only to look at accident figures, but also technical, human, organizational and external elements.

Even though the European Union publishes a 'blacklist' of dangerous airlines, there exists a real difference in protection between the other airline companies, ATRA added.

The Top 10 Airline list is in contrast to the annual Skytrax survey that ranks airlines based on customer service. None of the Airlines in the Skytrax top 10 made the ATRA's top 10 safety list.

World's 10 Safest Airlines (In Alphabetical Order)

Air France-KLM

AMR Corporation (American Airlines, American Eagles)

British Airways

Continental Airlines

Delta Airlines

Japan Airlines


Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

US Airways

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