The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has released their annual rankings of the most dangerous and safest worldwide airlines. I personally think the list is kind of silly as it includes data that chronicles death and hull loses going all the way back to 1983. The evaluation method doesn’t necessarily make sense since several of these airlines have significantly improved their safety and operating standards over the past 30 years (Korean, Turkish, TAM, South African). The JACDEC does note that they use a time weighting factor that places a greater emphasis on more recent accidents while accidents from the past have less of an impact. The cause of the loss and fault are NOT taken into account.
Most Dangerous (of 60 ranked airlines) – Based on our annual safety calculations which include all hull loss accidents and serious incidents in the last 30 years of operations in relation to the revenue passsenger kilometers (RPK) performed in the same time. We also took into account the international safety benchmarks such as the IOSA Audit and the USOAP country factor. Furthermore we included a time weightening factor which increases the effect of recent accidents and weakening the impact of accidents in the past. All calculation data ends after a period of 30 years. Fatalities are only counted when they were on board a passenger flight. No ground casualties or 3rd party fatalities in other aircraft. All accidents that fulfills the above mentioned criteria were involved in our calculation, regardless of causes or responsibilities.
#1 – China Airlines: 8 hull losses; 755 dead
#2 – TAM Airlines: 6 hull losses; 336 dead
#3 – Air India: 3 hull losses; 329 dead
#4 – GOL Transportes Aereos: 1 hull loss; 154 dead
#5 – Korean Air: 9 hull losses; 687 dead
#6 – Saudia: 4 hull losses; 310 dead
#7 – Turkish Airlines: 6 hull losses, 188 dead
#8 – Thai Airways International: 5 hull losses; 309 dead
#9 – South African Airways: 1 hull loss; 159 dead
#10 – SkyWest Airlines: 3 hull losses; 22 dead
Safest (of 60 ranked airlines)
2) Air New Zealand
3) Cathay Pacific
5) Etihad Airways
6) EVA Air
7) Tap Portugal
8 ) Hainan Airlines
9) Virgin Australia
10) British Airways
Notable North American Rankings
#25 Air Canada
#44 US Airways
#45 Alaska Airlines
UPDATE January 9, 2014 – See the 2013 listing here!
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