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 2013 for the 2012 rankings.

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 safest are (with number 1 being the safest).

1. Finnair
2. Air New Zealand
3. Cathay Pacific
4. Emirates
5. Etihad
6. EVA Air
7. TAP Portugal
8. Hainan Airlines
9. Virgin Australia
10. British Airways
11.Lufthansa
12.All Nippon Airways
13.Qantas

14.JetBlue Airways
15.Virgin Atlantic
16.Transaero Airlines
17.Easy jet
18.Thomas Cook Airlines
19.WestJet
20. Jetstar Airways

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

1. China Air
2. TAM Airlines
3.Air India
4.GOL Transportes Aereos
5. Korean Air
6. Saudia
7. Turkish Airlines
8.Thai Airways International
9.South African Airways
10.SkyWest Airlines
11.SAS
12.Iberia
13.China Southern Airlines
14.Japan Airlines
15.Asiana
16.Alaska Airlines
17.US Airways
18.Air China
19.American Airlines
20.Air France

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

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