PARIS, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - For the first time, the Swiss independent rating agency « ATRA - Air Transport Rating Agency » has awarded the five best Airlines in the World according to their
holistic safety profile during an event organized during the
International Paris Air Show Le Bourget, 2013.
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While the International Air Transport Association (IATA) confirms a 5.9%
increase of carrying passengers in one year with a strong participation
of emerging countries (+16% in China; +7% in India), Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) is releasing its yearly rating in
Airline safety, the ATRA Airlines Holistic safety rating.
The ATRA is the only rating agency using an objective mathematical
multi-criteria approach taking into account the complexity of airlines
safety in order to generate robust, reproducible and meaningful
results, without any arbitrary weighting systems.
Based on publicly available data sources, the ATRA has selected 15 criteria contributing to a general safety profile.
Quantitative parameters (such as the mean age of the fleet) or
qualitative parameters (such as the fleet homogeneity) have been
analyzed to generate a synthetic safety indicator. Most of existing
safety rankings are based on one single criteria: accident history.
This approach is rather limited as accident rates in air transport are
extremely low and do not allow to derive any valid statistical
interpretations beyond simple descriptive information and case by case
learnings, which are nevertheless useful for the aviation community.
However, one single accident can significantly impact an airlines'
reputation, whatever the causes and responsibilities.
"Taking into account only accident rates does not correspond to any
statistical logic and is extremely limited. The accident of US Airways
flight 1549, which performed a forced landing on the Hudson River in
2009 confirms that an external random event, such as a Bird Aircraft
Strike Hazard, could occur on any flight and has nothing to do with the
quality of the carrier. On the contrary, an airline's excellence could
minimize the consequences of unexpected events, such as the right
immediate decision made by the crew of Flight 1549 in an emergency
context, leading to the absence of victims," said Ariel Beresniak, General Manager of the ATRA.
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. 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
investors, financial analysts, insurers and travel agencies use the
ATRA holistic safety rating as reference.
The ATRA has awarded the five World Best Airlines presenting the best holistic
safety profiles during an event organized at the International Paris
Air Show 2013 on Wednesday June 19th.
From a dataset of the 95 most important airlines in term of financial
revenues, the top five airlines 2013 (2011 data) from the holistic
safety profiles are:
United Continental Holdings
US Airways Group
The full rating report of the 95 most important airlines is available
for financial professionals (investors, financial analysts, insurers,
etc.) under request to the Air Transport Rating Agency.
For more information download the press kit here
Visit the official website : http://www.atra.aero
SOURCE: Air Transport Rating Agency
For further information:
Press contact Ariel Beresniak : firstname.lastname@example.org , +41-22-342-1010