There are plenty of white-knuckle fliers who fear the worst when traveling with a commercial airline – surging at more than 500 mph while six-plus miles above the Earth, not to mention the possibility of experiencing possible turbulence, bad weather and headwinds. Perhaps, you are a fear-filled flier and have heard the adage that, statistically, flying is safer than driving; and it is. But if knowing, ahead of time, which airlines are deemed the safest out of the myriad that fly the friendly skies on a daily basis then maybe, just maybe, flying can be enjoyed with less hesitation and more relaxation.
If you’ve ever wondered which commercial airlines are rated the safest in terms of actual crash-related fatalities, then you’ll be interested in what Germany’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center has to share, as of February of 2017. The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center focuses on airliners’ performance, as a whole, spanning the previous 30 years.
Number 3: Eva Air
Eva Air is a smaller-sized airline; and is one of the ‘newer kids on the block’ since it began its operations as late as 1991. In spite of this, the JADEC ranks Eva Air as one of the best, regarding operational safety.
Eva Air is a Taiwanese international airline based at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, near Taipei, Taiwan. More than 40 international destinations are part of this airline’s international network; and Eva Air serves Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. This highly-acclaimed airline is considered a ‘5-Star’ airline, rated by Skytrax.
Number 2: Emirates
Emirates is an Abu Dhabi-based airline which was founded in 1985, and remains the largest airline in the Mid-East and the fourth-largest airline to serve revenue passengers and kilometers flown. Emirates operates more than 3,600 flights each week from hub-based Dubai International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates, and serves more than 140 cities, 81 countries, and 6 continents.
Since 2016, Emirates has been the largest Airbus A380 operator; and it is the Airbus A380 that has gained an impressive reputation for long-haul, high-traffic routes.
Number 1: Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific is an international airline based in Hong Kong which services 162 destinations in 42 countries and areas, world-wide. Cathay Pacific has had no fatalities in the past 30 years; and not only is Cathay Pacific known for its stellar safety record, but notable awards have been bestowed upon this prestigious airline for five straight years, from 2013 to 2017. From outstanding frequent-flier programs, to best premium economy class, to Fortune World’s “Most-Admired Companies”, Cathay Pacific has it all!
Whether it’s a flight on Cathay Pacific from Los Angeles to Hong Kong or from New York to Bangkok, you are in excellent hands with this most-recognized airline that holds the Number 1 spot for safety!
Interestingly, 2016 was deemed the second-safest year in aviation history, according to Aviation Safety Network. Due to stringent safety standards that are adhered to, world-wide, 325 deaths were recorded in 2016 compared to 560, the previous year. Again, safety in the air is stunningly impressive when one considers the 2016 statistic boils down to one death for every 10,769,230 airline passengers throughout a year’s time.