10 Safest Airlines to Fly With

    It has operated since 1965, and the last accident recorded was in 1979. It has a clean record of 15 million safe flights since then with an annual passenger intake of 12 million. (Simon Sees/Flickr)No major accidents in 50 years. Its main hub is in Helsinki, and it flies to 55 destination ports with an annual passenger intake of 10 million. (RHL Images/Flickr)Cathay is a Hong Kong-based company founded in 1946, and the last accident was recorded in 1972. It flies to 36 countries with more than 100 destination ports. In 2009, its passenger intake was 25 million. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)Founded in 1936, Are Lingus is a small airline. Its routes cover Europe, Africa, and North America with a passenger intake of 10 million a year. It had one major accident in 1986. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)Its last accident was in 1977. It operates nearly 2,000 flights weekly to over 30 countries, and had a passenger intake of 9 million in 2009. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)The only South American airlines in the safety chart, it was founded in the 1920s. It has no accident record since 1970, but it had a food poisoning problem in 1992. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)There have been no fatal accidents recorded since its founding in 1920. Qantas now flies to 44 countries with 182 destination ports. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)Founded in 1952, JAL now flies to 35 countries with an annual passenger intake of 7 million. It has had no major accident since 1975. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)Flies to 175 cities in the world, and operates over 1,400 flights daily. It has had two major accidents—in 1970 and 1983. (Briyyz/Flickr)Since its founding in 1976, BA has operated more than 6 million flights with a zero accident record. Its passenger intake is around 30-40 million a year. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

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    Here are some of the safest airlines, according to an analysis by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center (JACDEC):

    1. British Airways

    Since its founding in 1976, BA has operated more than 6 million flights with a zero accident record. Its passenger intake is around 30-40 million a year.

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    Since its founding in 1976, BA has operated more than 6 million flights with a zero accident record. Its passenger intake is around 30-40 million a year. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    2. Air Canada

    Flies to 175 cities in the world, and operates over 1,400 flights daily. It has had two major accidents—in 1970 and 1983.

    safest airlines

    Flies to 175 cities in the world, and operates over 1,400 flights daily. It has had two major accidents—in 1970 and 1983. (Briyyz/Flickr)

    3. Japan Airlines

    Founded in 1952, JAL now flies to 35 countries with an annual passenger intake of 7 million. It has had no major accident since 1975.

    safest airlines

    Founded in 1952, JAL now flies to 35 countries with an annual passenger intake of 7 million. It has had no major accident since 1975. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    4. Qantas Airways

    There have been no fatal accidents recorded since its founding in 1920. Qantas now flies to 44 countries with 182 destination ports.

    safest airlines

    There have been no fatal accidents recorded since its founding in 1920. Qantas now flies to 44 countries with 182 destination ports. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    5. Finn Air

    No major accidents in 50 years. Its main hub is in Helsinki, and it flies to 55 destination ports with an annual passenger intake of 10 million.

    safest airlines

    No major accidents in 50 years. Its main hub is in Helsinki, and it flies to 55 destination ports with an annual passenger intake of 10 million. (RHL Images/Flickr)

    6. Aer Lingus

    Founded in 1936, Are Lingus is a small airline. Its routes cover Europe, Africa, and North America with a passenger intake of 10 million a year. It had one major accident in 1986.

    safest airlines

    Founded in 1936, Are Lingus is a small airline. Its routes cover Europe, Africa, and North America with a passenger intake of 10 million a year. It had one major accident in 1986. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    7. Air New Zealand

    It has operated since 1965, and the last accident recorded was in 1979. It has a clean record of 15 million safe flights since then with an annual passenger intake of 12 million.

    safest airlines

    It has operated since 1965, and the last accident recorded was in 1979. It has a clean record of 15 million safe flights since then with an annual passenger intake of 12 million. (Simon Sees/Flickr)

    8. Aerolineas Argentinas

    The only South American airlines in the safety chart, it was founded in the 1920s. It has no accident record since 1970, but it had a food poisoning problem in 1992.

    safest airlines

    The only South American airlines in the safety chart, it was founded in the 1920s. It has no accident record since 1970, but it had a food poisoning problem in 1992. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    9. TAP Portugal

    Its last accident was in 1977. It operates nearly 2,000 flights weekly to over 30 countries, and had a passenger intake of 9 million in 2009.

    safest airlines

    Its last accident was in 1977. It operates nearly 2,000 flights weekly to over 30 countries, and had a passenger intake of 9 million in 2009. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

    10. Cathay Pacific Airways

    Cathay is a Hong Kong-based company founded in 1946, and the last accident was recorded in 1972. It flies to 36 countries with more than 100 destination ports. In 2009, its passenger intake was 25 million.

    safest airlines

    Cathay is a Hong Kong-based company founded in 1946, and the last accident was recorded in 1972. It flies to 36 countries with more than 100 destination ports. In 2009, its passenger intake was 25 million. (Aero Icarus/Flickr)

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