Safest year for Air Travel

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"Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com's editor-in-chief said that Air New Zealand has been at the forefront of new aircraft technology and was the second airline to order the 787 and the launch customer of the 787-9".

If you're not heading to New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia will take you overseas in the safest planes possible.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been included among the 20 safest airlines in the world.

It has also named its bottom-ranked carriers for safety for the past year.

This year, AirlineRatings.com has chose to honor the top 20 airlines on equal footing.

Over the last two decades, aviation deaths around the world have been steadily falling - as recently as 2005, there were 1,015 deaths aboard commercial passenger flights worldwide.

"For instance, Australia's Qantas has been recognized by the British Advertising Standards Association in a test case in 2008 as the world's most experienced airline". Luckily for American passengers, no domestic airlines were placed on that list; in fact, only one carrier in the Americas received low ratings, and that is Blue Wing from Suriname. Only two carriers based in the USA made the list: Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines.

"All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one".

Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top 10 safest low-priced airlines.

The low number of accidents comes as no surprise, according to ASN president Harro Ranter: "Since 1997, the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by global aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry".

"Certainly, air travel is safer today than at any time in history but passengers still need to know which are the best of the best", says Thomas.

AirlineRatings rates the safety and in-flight product of 409 airlines using its seven-star rating system.

Airlines with the worst safety ranking include North Korea's Air Koryo, which flies to China, Russia, and North Korea in soviet-era planes, as well as four Nepalese airlines - Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air and Yeti Airlines.

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