Five decades ago, 87 plane crashes took away the lives of 1,597 people.
This was when airlines carried only 141 million passengers, which is 5 per cent of today’s number, says Safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com.
In 2014, though the number of fatal accidents fell to 21 (one for every 1.3 million flights), Malaysia Airlines’ two planes – MH370 and MH17 – met a fatal end that claimed 537 lives.
December 2014 saw the tragic end of 162 people from Surabaya who were flying to Indonesia when the AirAsia flight crashed due to bad weather.
Safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com has listed world’s ten safest airlines.
Of 449 airlines which were included in the study, 149 achieved the website’s seven-star safety ranking and almost 50 had just three stars or less.
Take a look at the world’s 10 safest airlines…
Topping the list is Qantas, which has a fatality free record in the jet era, says the report.
Qantas is Australia’s national airline with an impeccable record. AirlineRatings.com editors noted that over its 94-year history, “Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.”
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand ranks second in safety.
Based in Auckland, New Zealand’s national airline operates scheduled passenger flights to 25 domestic and 26 international destinations in 15 countries.
Ranked third in safety, British Airways is the UK’s largest airline on fleet size, international flights and destinations.
Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific, based in Hong Kong also ranks high on safety.
The airline operates flights across 168 destinations in 42 countries.
Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East with over 3,500 flights per week.
It operates in 142 cities across 78 countries.
Etihad Airways operates more than 1,000 flights per week to 96 destinations.
Etihad Airways is the fourth largest airline in the Middle East and the second largest airline in the UAE.
Taiwan-based EVA Airways Corporation operates flights across 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
Finnair is the fifth oldest airline in the world.
It has also been ranked one of the safest airlines in the world with no accidents since 1963.
Lufthansa operates services to 197 international destinations in 78 countries.
It has one of the largest passenger airline fleet in the world.
Singapore Airlines ranks amongst the top 10 in terms of international passengers.
It was the first airline to fly the Airbus A380.