GENEVA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The independent Swiss rating agency "Air
Transport Rating Agency" (ATRA) is releasing the second yearly 2012
holistic safety rating for commercial airlines.
The Air Transport Rating Agency is the only rating agency using an
objective mathematical multi-criteria approach, which takes into
account the complexity of air safety in order to obtain results which
are tangible, meaningful and that can be reproduced without any
arbitrary weighting systems: the ATRA holistic safety rating.
Using mainly available public data sources, ATRA has selected 15
criteria contributing to a general safety profile. Quantitative
parameters (such as the average age of the fleet) or qualitative
parameters (such as the homogeneity of the fleet) were computed using
mathematical algorithms in order to generate a synthetic indicator and
to present a meaningful scientific rating.
Most safety rankings are based on accident statistics as single
criteria. This approach is very limited and misleading because
accidents in commercial aviation are extremely rare and accident rates
cannot be used to derive any valid statistical interpretations beyond
simple descriptive information and case-by-case learning useful for the
entire aviation community.
Although the European Union publishes a "black list" of airlines not
reaching a certain level of safety requirements, there are real
differences in terms of safety profiles among the other airlines
belonging to the "white list". A conjunction of very rare factors can
occur with any carrier but one single accident significantly impacts a
company reputation, whatever the causes and responsibilities. The
innovative and unique approach of the ATRA holistic safety rating is to
take into account a number of parameters, which contribute to general
safety, without being necessarily directly attributed to safety
management or accident history.
The quality and originality of the ATRA scientific multi-criteria
approach adapted to the aviation sector, explains why a number of
financial analysts, insurers and travel agencies use the ATRA holistic
safety rating as reference.
From a dataset of the 92 most important airlines in term of financial
revenues, the top ten airlines 2012 (2010 data) from the holistic
safety profiles are (by alphabetic order):
AMR Corporation (American Airlines and American Eagles)
International Airlines Group (British Airways)
The top 10 airlines of the "ATRA holistic safety rating" is released to
the general public every year online (http://www.ATRA.aero). Full rating of the 92 most important Airlines and their exact ranking
details are available in the frame of technical reports for
professionals (airlines, insurance companies, financial analysts, etc.)
under request to the Air Transport Rating Agency.
SOURCE Air Transport Rating Agency
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