2014 may seem like the worst one for air travel safety in recorded history due to the highly publicized Malaysia Airlines tragedies as well as the most recent crash of an AirAsia airplane, but in reality, 2014 was one of the least eventful years in recorded history, with 19 fatal accidents which is a significant drop from the 26 that occurred in 2013.
That being said, the number of overall deaths has risen from 281 to 671 over the same period of time. Still, it is the number of accidents that is the most important and that makes 2014 one of the best years to date.
AirlineRatings.com, one of the most renowned airline product and safety ratings websites, came out with its new list of safe and unsafe airlines which is made using a number of factors, from FAA and ICAO audits to incident records, fatality records and operational history. Airlines are given from one to seven stars after an analysis of the various factors.
The top safest airline remains Qantas with its near-perfect track record and full seven stars. Additional 148 airlines received the sought-after 7-star rating. The other 9 in the Top 10 include the following: Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Finnair.
Almost 50 airlines managed to scrape together only 3 stars and less. Among these you will find Air India Express, Jetstar Pacific, ASKY Airlines, Yeti Airlines, Spice Jet and Tajik Air.
The absolute worst are four airlines which received a one-star rating and which are banned from flying in the EU – SCAT Airlines, Tara Air, Nepal Airlines and Kam Air.
We should also add that terrorist acts and other unforeseeable fatalities are not considered to be reasons for taking away the stars.