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The World’s 10 Safest Airlines

Jennifer Weitbrecht
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Aviation has long been regarded as the safest means of transport – and in fact, it is becoming even safer. Aircraft and passenger numbers are constantly on the up, yet the number of fatalities keeps going down.

A trend going in the right direction – JACDEC safety ranking

A surprising development, bearing in mind that only 25 years ago aviation had barely reached half of today’s volume. Statistically, though, flying has since become four times as safe. Every year the Hamburg-based flight safety evaluation centre JACDEC and the aviation magazine “Aero International” publish a joint ranking list of the world’s safest airlines. This list looks at the 100 largest airlines worldwide.

The world’s 10 safest airlines

1st place: Finnair

In 2017 Emirates reached the top place, but in 2018 it was overtaken by Finnair. The world’s sixth-oldest airline, Finnair has operated for decades without any serious incident. Finnair offers fast connections from Helsinki to destinations in Asia and is the first European airline to have deployed the Airbus A350 XWB.

2nd place: Scoot

Budget airline from Singapore, founded in 2003. This is the first time Scoot has bagged one of the top places.

3rd place: Norwegian Air Shuttle

A top 3 airline in 2017 and again this year: Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle.

4th place: Emirates Airlines

In the top spot in 2017, Emirates Airlines operates the world’s largest fleet of the double-deck Airbus 380.

5th place: Air Europa

Spanish airline operating out of Palma de Mallorca.

6th place: Transavia

The Dutch budget airline was founded in 1966 and can look back on an impeccable safety record with zero fatalities.

7th place: Etihad Airways

Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2003; the United Arab Emirates’ national carrier

8th place: Virgin Atlantic Airways

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a 20% shareholder of British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways. Delta Air Lines is the main shareholder.

9th place: KLM

The “Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij” – KLM for short – has been in existence for almost 100 years.

10th place: Jetstar

Australian budget airline Jetstar is an offshoot of Qantas and has its headquarters in Melbourne.

2018 results for airlines from German-speaking countries

In the worldwide ranking list, airlines from German-speaking countries didn’t do as well as one might expect.

21st place – Lufthansa (up one place from 2017)

25th place – Lufthansa’s subsidiary Eurowings

41st place – Condor

51st place – Austrian

60th place – Swiss

Pictures © pixabay – violetta

by Jennifer Weitbrecht

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