May it be from watching too may plane crash flicks or listening to too many gruesome stories about flights gone wild (or simply gone), you’ve recently discovered your lack of enthusiasm for flying. Although you love to travel, flying isn’t exactly your favorite pastime.
But here’s something that you need to know: air travel is very safe. According to a report from the Bureau of Safety Statistics, the chance of dying in a plane crash is one out of 7 million. You’re more likely to die in a bicycle, train or car than in a plane. Flying is actually the safest mode of travel. And as the Air Transport Agency in Geneva, Switzerland points out, “The most important airlines have very high safety profiles.”
Of course, this does not mean we can be complacent as travelers. While there’s no need to be paranoid, it’s still a must to be cautious. One way to do that is by choosing your airline carefully. Here’s a list of some of the world’s safest airlines.
Since its founding in 1946, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has always been touted for its virtually flawless record. Its last accident was in 1972. That was 42 years ago. From then on, it has served more than a million flights without a hitch. It caters to 36 countries and 100 destinations. In a year, it flies over 20 million passengers around the world.
In 2015, TAP Portugal will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. The last time this carrier was involved in aviation accident was in 1977. Now, it flies to over 30 countries with 1,600 flights every week. A historic moment for the airline was when it flew Pope John Paul II to his first trip to Portugal in 1982.
Finnair has managed to maintain an outstanding record of no fatal accidents in a 50-year stretch. But that’s just one of the many amazing things about this Finnish airline. It’s also one of the world’s oldest operating airlines, dating back to the World War II when it lost over half of its carriers utilized by Air Force of Finland. Now, it travels to 55 destinations, carrying more than 10 million travelers to different points in the globe yearly.
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
Japan’s second biggest carrier makes it to the list of the world’s safest airlines. ANA travels to 35 international destinations to serve more than 1 million passengers every year. Ever since it was founded in 1952, it has been renowned not only for its punctuality but also for its high safety standards. No accident has been recorded since 1975.
Going on its 95th year this 2014, the British Airways is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world. It’s also one of the biggest that travels to over a hundred destinations and carries nearly 40 million travelers annually. The 6 million flights that have taken off since its last fatal accident in 1976 have all landed safely.
Another carrier that deserves to be on this list is the 78-year-old Air Canada, which flies to almost 180 destinations worldwide. It has flown nearly 5 million successful flights from 1983 (Air Canada’s last fatal accident). This enormous airline carries 35 million passengers per year, and flies 1,400 flights a day.
Australian airline Qantas leads as one of the world’s safest carriers. Its colorful 94 years of aviation history is not something you can take lightly. Catering to 182 destinations in over 40 countries, Qantas had not encountered any fatal accident since 1951. Over 2.5 million flights have taken off and landed without any issue.
So you see, you’re safe up there. Just fly with the right airlines and you’ll have nothing to worry about.