But SAS is way down the list in 50th place
Finnair has been named the world’s safest airline in a list compiled by the Germany-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre. The centre analysed all hull-loss (aircraft write-off) accidents and serious incidents over the last 30 years in relation to revenue passenger kilometres performed in the same period. It also took into account international safety benchmarks.
Air New Zealand came second in the list, followed by Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. Other notable rankings include British Airways (10th), Lufthansa (11th), Qatar Airways (22nd), Air Berlin (23rd), Singapore Airlines (30th), Ryanair (32nd), Air France (41st), SAS (50th) and Thai Airways (53rd). No US airline made the top 20.
According to the research, there were 496 fatalities in 2012 compared with 498 in 2011. A total of 30 planes were destroyed and there were 44 hull losses, just one fewer than in 2011. A link to the full list can be found here: http://www.jacdec.de/jacdec_safety_ranking_2012.htm
[photo courtesy Finnair]