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Three GCC-based carriers – Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad have been ranked among the world’s top 10 safest airlines, according to new figures released by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC).
While Qatar Airways is ranked 4th, Emirates is at 7th and Etihad is at 8th position in the JACDEC report.
According to JACDEC’s Airline Safety Ranking 2017 study, airlines based in Asia and the Middle East continued to dominate the list of carriers with the best safety track record in 2016.
Cathay Pacific, based in Hong Kong, topped the list as the carrier with the best safety record, followed by Air New Zealand as the second, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM, Eva Air. Qantas and Japan Airlines rounded out the top 10.
JACDEC is a global source for professional and accurate aviation safety information for the benefit of companies, aviation professionals and individual travellers.
The annual report provides insight for travelers on the current safety level for the world’s biggest commercial airlines. In 2016, JACDEC recorded a total of 321 fatalities, 376 incidents, 219 serious incidents, and 37 hull losses among the carriers surveyed.
Though airline tragedies make headlines, overall, JACDEC’s Global Safety Review reports that from a statistical perspective, 2016 continued a long term trend of fewer fatalities as well as fewer incidents of hull loss accidents—when an aircraft is either destroyed or damaged beyond repair– than previous decades.