The world's best and worst airlines

Flight safety is something that many travellers take for granted these days, but some airlines are undoubtedly safer than others. The Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) have ranked the safest airlines in the world, and Askmen have used similar factors (fleet age, number of accidents and incidents, maintenance etc.) to compile a list of the worst airlines too.

The safest airlines in the world

According to the Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA), the safest airlines in the world are:

  1. Air France-KLM
  2. AMR Corporation (American Airlines, American Eagles)
  3. British Airways
  4. Continental Airlines
  5. Delta Airlines
  6. Japan Airlines
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Southwest Airlines
  9. United Airlines
  10. US Airways

The worst airlines for safety

Using similar criteria to the ATRA (who did not comment on any airlines outside of the top ten), Askmen rated the most dangerous airlines in the world. Those airlines with the worst safety track record are as follows...

5. Kenya Airways - Established in 1977, Kenya Airways have been involved in two fatal accidents. In 2007, 114 people died when a Kenya Airways plane crashed immediately after take off from an airport in Cameroon.

4. Philippine Airlines - The Philippines national carrier has suffered a patchy safety record because of the actions of terrorists, which have included three bomb attacks. In 2008, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expressed concern about Philippine air safety and downgraded airline operations to put them under more scrutiny.

3. Iran Air - Out of 970,000 flights, five Iran Air planes did not reach their destinations safely. In the last ten years there have been three major accidents, including one in 2011 that killed 77 people.

2. China Airlines - A total of 763 passengers have died as a result of China Airlines crashes. In 2002, specialists blamed a lack of maintenance for a crash between Taiwan and Hong Kong that killed 225 people.

1. Cubana Airlines - Cubana Airlines was rated by Askmen to be among the worst airlines for safety records. In a total of 320,000 flights, there have been eight fatal crashes with Cubana Airlines. The airline use older Russian planes manufactured by Antonov.

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