Airline holistic safety rating

Independent Swiss rating agency, Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA), has released the 2014 holistic safety rating for commercial airlines.

With four major accidents occurring in only five months, 2014 has already been a black year for air disasters. However, accident records are not the only criteria for measuring airline safety.

Since accident rates cannot be used to derive any valid statistical interpretations, ATRA has selected 15 criteria contributing to a general safety profile. Unlike airline rankings based on passenger satisfaction surveys, ATRA is the only rating agency which uses an objective mathematical multi-criteria approach, taking into account the complexity of air safety.

The ATRA holistic safety rating is used by financial analysts, insurers and travel agencies for its quality and consideration of a number of parameters which contribute to general safety, without necessarily being directly attributed to safety management or accident history.

Out of 94 airlines, the top 10 based on ATRA ratings for 2014 are:

  1. Air China
  2. Air France KLM Group
  3. AMR Corporation
  4. China Southern Airlines Group
  5. International Airlines Group
  6. Delta Air Lines
  7. Lufthansa Group
  8. Southwest Airlines
  9. United Continental Holdings
  10. US Airways Group


For more information visit ATRA.

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