The Safest Way to Travel


For those who travel for pleasure, for business or to start a new life abroad, travelling by air is undoubtedly the safest way. Safety first of all: what airline is the safest? Where is the best place to sit on board in case of an incident?

Thanks to we have all the details to answer these questions as others.

When there is an airplane disaster the news is extensively given, much more than 1000 road accidents. It is a fact, though, that air travel is 60 times safer than travelling by road and 12 times safer than travelling by train, comparable  to the mileage covered.

In addition, travelling by air is constantly getting safer thanks to advanced techniques, continuous investments and infrastructures. 2016 was the second safest year for air travel. The safest year so far was 2013 with only a total of 29 victims.

However we must pause and make an evaluation: there are airlines that are safer than others. If you are fortunate enough to live in a country where this airline operates, you can travel with the awareness of flying with the safest airline in the world: Qantas, the Australian flag carrier, founded in 1920, had only one serious incident back in 1951 and then no more.

Its standards of security are pivotal for all the other world carriers.

After Qantas the following carriers are positioned: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways,  Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

On the other hand, the airline carriers that are amongst the unsafest are 14, particularly from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal and Suriname

Now we know who the safest airlines are, but what about the safest seats on board?

Despite the fact that the front of the plane is reserved for first class and business passengers, all the studies and analyses have concluded that the safest seating area in case of an incident is behind the wings, towards the rear of the aircraft.

Passengers that sit at the rear of the aircraft have a 69% probability of survival, whereas passengers who sit in front of the wings  have a 56% probability of survival and passengers sitting in the front rows, near the pilot cabin, have only a 49% probability of survival.

Therefore, for the next journey, sit at the rear of a Qantas Boeing aircraft and you will feel safe!

Roberto Stanzani