Safer than a car trip?
Here, we have a list of the safest airlines in the world with a few facts thrown in. If you have a nervous disposition when it comes to flying, myself included, then maybe the following will give you a little support in your positive thinking.
When you put your life in the hands of the air industry, the safety announcement is just the tip of the iceberg, below that is an industry that has contributed countless hours of aircraft design, dedication to achieving a tremendous record of safety, with highly skilled pilots, maintenance staff, traffic controllers and test engineering.
When someone exclaims “flying is one of the safest forms of transport” It’s not only to make you feel at ease, it actually has a few facts to back it up. Below are some stats from the US on your odds on dying:
- Cardiovascular disease: 1 in 2
- Smoking (by/before age 35): 1 in 600
- Car trip, coast-to-coast: 1 in 14,000
- Bicycle accident: 1 in 88,000
- Tornado: 1 in 450,000
- Train, coast-to-coast: 1 in 1,000,000
- Lightning: 1 in 1.9 million
- Bee sting: 1 in 5.5 million
- U.S. commercial jet airline: 1 in 7 million
Sources: University of California at Berkeley
Another fact is that if you were to take a flight everyday of your life, it would take around nineteen thousand years to have a fatal crash, not bad eh!
If you’re still apprehensive then you can choose the safest airlines in the world a listed below. This list is a holistic safety rating from the Air Transport Rating Agency, a Swiss organisation that uses criteria such as airline fleet age and the number of aircraft it operates.
- Air Canada
- Air France-KLM
- AMR Corporation (American Airlines and American Eagles)
- Delta Air Lines
- International Airlines Group (British Airways)
- Southwest Airlines
- United-Continental Holdings
- US Airways
Even if you take a flight on any airline that isn’t mentioned, don’t panic! These are the cream taken from 92 of the most important airlines according to financial revenue. Prefer the train? Flying is ten times safer than making a journey by train!
As I said in the intro, I personally have a fear of flying, I love the exhilaration of take-off and I love the excitement on landing, it’s mid-flight, when everyone relaxes and takes off their safety belts for drinks and good humour when a certain negative overthinking comes into play and I’m rigid in my seat. I would like to see parachutes supplied on commercial flights, so that I could hug it and suck my thumb though out the flight.