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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5 Comments

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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