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Revealed: These are the world’s safest airlines

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DUBAI: JACDEC, which provides global safety analysis about commercial aviation, has released its latest ranking of world’s safest airlines.

Cathay Pacific Airways, Air New Zealand and Hainan Airlines have been rated among the safest in the world – respectively. They are followed by Qatar Airways, KLM, EVA Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Lufthansa among the 12 safest carriers.

The Aviation Safety Network last week released the preliminary 2016 airliner accident statistics showing a very low total of 19 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 325 fatalities.

Given the expected worldwide air traffic of about 35,000,000 flights, the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident per 3,200,000 flights. 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 international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry,” Ranter said.

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