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To be updated: Due to Covid-19, many airlines didn’t fly as much which reduces the data available.

For all those concerned with safety aspects of their preferred carrier, here it is.  The J.A.C.D.E.C,  (Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre) based in Germany, released their comparison of airline safety in January 2020 for the 2020 rankings for the largest airlines measured by their Revenue Passenger Kilometre. A revenue passenger-kilometre is flown when a revenue passenger is carried one kilometre..

To dispel a common misconception about the JACDEC Safety Ranking: this list is not about the 100 safest airlines, it comprises the 100 largest airlines measured by their revenue passenger performance in RPK’s.


They explain that ‘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… 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.’

So for quick reference, the  top 20 measured by their Safety-Risk Index with number 1 being the safest) for 2020

1 Emirates UAE
2 Etihad Airways
3 Air Europa
4 Finnair
5 Scoot Tigerair
6 Norwegian Air Shuttle
7 Transavia
8 Jetstar Airways
10 Vueling Airlines
11 jetBlue Airways
12 Virgin Atlantic Airways
13 KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines KLM
14 EasyJet
15 Cathay Pacific
17 Virgin Australia
18 Oman Air
19 Air Canada
20 Aer Lingus

And the lowest rankings were (with number 1 being the lowest.)

1. Garuda Indonesia
2. Lion Air
4.Ethiopian Airlines
5. S7 Airlines
6. Cebu Pacific Air
7. China Airlines
8.Malaysia Airlines
9.Turkish Airlines
10.Air India
12.Thai Airways
14.Asiana Airlines
15.Scandinavian Airlines – SAS
16.Vietnam Airlines
19.Philippine Airlines
20.GOL – Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

Interesting reading…..for the complete list of rankings, please see the J.A.C.D.E.C site 

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Friday 10th of April 2015

Hi Carrie,

I have booked a flight with Air France to France and South Africa with my 9 month old son. he is 22lbs and 31 inches. When I booked the travel agent did not mention the bassinet restrictions. I was wondering if you think the airline would have an issue with this or since he sleeps curled up, it would be ok.Also, my mother is travelling with us but does not have a seat anywhere near me. I am hoping they will allow her to sit beside us rather than a stranger as she is a big help with the baby. what are your thoughts?thanks so much! Carmen

Carrie Bradley

Saturday 1st of November 2014

good point. Not sure as it was an international survey....

meenal akole

Friday 10th of October 2014

wow what about singapore airlines? couldn't find it on either lists?? :P

Carrie Bradley

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Hi Chris,

If you are flying out of Dubai, I am guessing you are with Emirates? If so the max weight limit for the bassinet on Emirates is 11kgs, so unfortunately, your son will not fit into the bassinet. All the seats are very much the same in business, whichever configuration/type of B777 you are on. The only thing is, if you take the very back seats, they back on to economy and the front row of bassinets, so you may get disturbed by that noise. Perhaps a middle row by the window for you guys if you are concerned about galley, lav noises? Also you won't be able to make a bed on the floor due to safety reasons.

Definitely ask the crew and checki in, boarding gate etc, as you never know, if the flight is empty you maybe able to get a spare seat for the little man.

Chris Humphrey

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Hi Carrie -

We are flying business class with our 1year old and were debating weather or not to take the bassinet seats. (It's a Boeing 777 by the way).

Our son is a very big lad [13kgs!] will he even fit in the bassinet? Will we be better off getting quiet seats away from the galley & bathrooms and making a little bed at our feet?

Looking forward to your advice!!

C Humphrey (Dubai)

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