2017: Strong safety performance of commercial airlines


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that safety performance of the commercial airline industry increased strongly in 2017, good news for all travelers and in particular for international tourism.

According to the new official report or IATA the all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016).

The 2017 rate for major jet accidents measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights  was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million flights.

This was an improvement over the rate of 0.39 achieved in 2016 and also better than the five-year rate (2012-2016) of 0.33. Last year there were 6 fatal accidents with 19 fatalities among passengers and crew.

This compares with an average of 10.8 fatal accidents and approximately 315 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2012-2016). In 2016 there were 9 fatal accidents and 202 fatalities.

IATA member airlines experienced zero fatal accidents or hull losses in 2017 with jet or turboprop equipment.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said in a statement that 2017 was a very good year for aviation safety. Some 4.1 billion travelers flew safely on 41.8 million flights. “We saw improvements in nearly all key metrics – globally and in most regions. And our determination to make this very safe industry even safer continues”, he added. “The industry knows that every fatality is a tragedy. Our common goal is for every flight to take-off and land safely,” said de Juniac.

In 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period.

Jet hull loss rates by region of operator (per millions departures)

Region                                               2017                                         2012 – 2016

Latin America and the Caribbean       0.41                                                  0.53

Europe                                                0.13                                                  0.14

Africa                                                  0.00                                                   2.21

Asia Pacific                                        0.18                                                   0.48

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