The Malaysia Airlines jetliner is still missing!
What could have happened? Maintenance issues, human error or terrorism…?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.