BA among world's safest airlines

15 September 2011 10:01

British Airways has been included in a list of the world's safest airlines

British Airways has been included in a list of the world's safest airlines

British Airways has made it on to a new list of the safest airlines in the world.

Compiled by Switzerland-based Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) and rated according to assessment on a range of criteria, the list is dominated by US-based carriers.

Delta, United, Continental, US Airways and Southwest Airlines, which operate in the US, have all been included. American Airlines and American Eagle, the two carriers owned by AMD Corporation, were also given the honour.

Travel insurance holders looking for assurance on safety could also opt for Air France-KLM group, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa which, were included in the list of the best 10 operators.

A notable exclusion was Qantas, the Australian carrier which had once been considered the safest airline to fly with.

ATRA evaluated the companies on factors such as the average age of fleet, technical issues, pilot training and organisational problems.

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