Qantas Voted Safest Airlines
6th Jan 2015
The Red Kangaroo, once again, added another feather to its cap when it was named the world's safest carrier for 2014.
AirlinesRatings.com has compiled each year a list of airlines around the world which operate commercial flights, either scheduled or charter service. The website gives each airline a rating based on safety records during the year.
In its most recent report, it named Qantas as the safest in the world for having the cleanest slate in terms of fatalities and air accidents. The airline has never been involved in fatal accidents during its 94-year history except the one and only fatal incident in 1951 when 6 people on board De Havilland aircraft crashed off the coast of New Guinea.
Qantas was founded in 1920, making it the world's second oldest airline still in operation.
The year 2014 was considered by experts as generally safe although the number of fatalities and accidents during the period exceeded the 10-year average.
During the year, there were 986 deaths as a result of 21 air accidents. The figure seems a huge number but if you factor in the total number of passengers who traveled by air, which stood at 3.3 billion, the year was relatively safer than most other years in commercial aviation history.
According to the report compiled by the same rating website, there was one accident for every 1.3 million flights in 2014. There were a total of 21 accidents in 27 million flights during the period.
The year was marred by the two most deadly incidents both involving Malaysia Airlines flights that dented the year's otherwise low air accidents in aviation history on record.
The mysterious disappearance of MH370 went on to become the most baffling incident in history after no trace of the plane and the 239 people on board has ever been recovered since it went missing on March 8, 2014 despite the massive and extensive search operations.
On July 17 on that year, the flight MH 17 exploded mid-air over Ukrainian skies when it allegedly shot down by surface-to-air missile. All 298 people including its 12 crew members on board perished with it.
Qantas was joined by Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines as the world's safest.