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The Airlines That Have Never Had A Single Plane Crash

The Airlines That Have Never Had A Single Plane Crash
Jennifer Billock

Air travel is a complicated thing, but thankfully it’s not nearly as dangerous to fly in small aircraft than it used to be. Still, accidents do happen sometimes. Just not usually—or even never—on these well-known carriers that we frequently fly.

Yes, it’s true. Some airlines are safer to fly than others, even though crashes are few and far between at this point. In fact, 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel with only 10 fatal accidents causing 44 deaths. And recent information published by Plane Crash Info shows 42 airlines around the world have never had a fatal accident in their airline’s history, even as planes in use get older.

“Commercial aircraft are built to last more or less indefinitely, which is one of the reasons why they’re so expensive,” pilot Patrick Smith told Telegraph Travel. “It’s common for a jet to remain in service for 25 years or more.”

Many of those 42 airlines are smaller, less known companies. But if you want to travel on a big airline and ensure that you’re getting the safest ride, these 10 are some of the best airlines to fly for amount of accidents and length in business: QantasHawaiian AirlinesSouthwest, EasyJet, Ryanair, Virgin (all branches), British AirwaysEmiratesEtihad, and Qatar. And the winner for the safest airline in the world? Air New Zealand.

As of this week, the air travel industry has hit a record of going 437 days without any commercial jet accidents; the last fatal crash was when the Brazilian football team crashed near Medellin.

“Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organizations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry,” Harro Ranter, president of the Aviation Safety Network, told the Telegraph.

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  1. chavala

    February 12, 2018 at 6:15 am

    just because they haven’t had an accident YET does not make them safer. This article is moronic.

  2. strickerj

    February 12, 2018 at 6:49 am

    For the “437 days without any commercial jet accidents” statistic, what airlines are included in that? Didn’t a Russian regional jet just crash a couple days ago?

  3. pdsales

    February 12, 2018 at 7:21 am

  4. snowingairlines

    February 12, 2018 at 9:30 am

    You might want to update this article, there was a commercial jet in Russia that crashed yesterday.

  5. kilo

    February 12, 2018 at 9:58 am

    The reference article was published on the 8th of February, just before the Russian Airline crash.

  6. a330boston

    February 12, 2018 at 10:22 am

    “British Airways, Emirates, Southwest” … What about BA38, EK521, WN345, WN1248???

  7. SCEflyer

    February 12, 2018 at 11:29 am

    British Airways, formerly BOAC lost a Bosing 707 on departure from Tokyo on March 6, 1966. All 124 people on board perished in the crash

  8. eng3

    February 12, 2018 at 11:50 am

    All these airlines have had accidents. But that isnt even an indicator for how safe an airline is. What’s the purpose of this article. If you’re going to copy an article, at least check the facts first.

  9. Pretzelsandpeanuts

    February 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Air New Zealand had a major crash in Antarctica in 1979, killed 257 people. This article is an utter embarrassment.

  10. FairDinkumMate

    February 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Qantas has never lost an aircraft in the jet era, that’s the stat that’s rolled out. It ignores that Qantas spent over $100 million dollars repairing a 747 (VH-OJH) that overshot the runway in Bangkok as QF1 in 1999.

    It would have been more cost effective to write off the aircraft but would have stopped Qantas from claiming to have “never lost an aircraft in the jet era”.

  11. RolfD

    February 13, 2018 at 4:10 am

    WN has few incidents. This article is misleading please do some research before writing such nonsense

  12. CaliforniaSteve

    February 13, 2018 at 8:02 am

    EVA Air?

  13. FlightNurse

    February 13, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Why is a photo of PHX in the article?

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