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Safety in the Skies

For many travellers, the choice of which airline to use is often based on price, or maybe loyalty scheme membership. But a recent report by Germany’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) might just throw another factor into the mix.

Released earlier this month, the report by the JACDEC revealed the world’s safest airlines, based on data collected since 1983 from serious incidents involving airlines and the number of passenger miles flown by the carriers.

This collated data creates the organisation’s Safety Index and top of the pile was Finnair, taking the safest airline award. So the airline that often touts itself as being the shortest route to Asia can now also claim it offers the safest way to get there. Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific made up the rest of top three.

And how did some of our local favourites fare? British Airways was 10th, five places higher than rival Virgin Atlantic. In the world of low-cost carriers, easyJet (in 17th) topped Ryanair (in 32nd). Leisure airline Thomas Cook was one behind easyJet in 18th place, but still came in ahead of Thomsonfly in 26th.

Food for thought -- and possibly reason to choose one airline over another -- when booking your next flight.

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Deal Expert, Manchester
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
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