Air Transport Industry Achieves Safest Year
on Record in 2017
The international air transport industry
achieved its safest year on record in 2017, with a total of 10
major accidents involving western built aircraft resulting in
This represents a loss rate approaching one major
accident for every 4 million flights, further reinforcing the fact
that flying remains the safest form of travel.
closely at the data, there were three major accidents involving
large western-built commercial airline jets, which resulted in a
total of 40 fatalities.
Asia Pacific carriers experienced one
major accident involving large western-built commercial airline
jets, with zero crew and passenger fatalities.
turboprop operations also achieved significant safety performance
improvements. In 2017 there were 7 major accidents involving
commercial turboprop aircraft, which resulted in a total of 15
fatalities, including one major accident involving an Asian
operator which resulted in 2 fatalities.
Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
(AAPA) said, "With the demand for air travel growing
continuously, the world's airlines are now responsible for safely
transporting over 4 billion passengers each year. About one third
of those passengers are being carried by airlines based in the
Asia Pacific region, on some of the busiest routes in the world.
Understandably with this responsibility, safety is always our
has come a long way and we are now in an era where major accidents
are extremely rare events. The level of safety achieved so far is
a result of the collective efforts of regulators and industry
stakeholders working together to identify evolving safety
priorities and addressing common operational challenges," Mr. Herdman
"For the region the growth
in demand for air travel brings with it challenges requiring more
attention. Governments need to focus on wider issues related to
aviation infrastructure capacity constraints and congestion, the
need for more effective regulatory oversight and investments that
provide a future air transport system meeting prescribed
international standards, not only for safety, but also for
environment, security and other key performance standards," Mr. Herdman
is extraordinarily safe. AAPA remains fully committed to
maintaining and further enhancing aviation safety performance
through the joint efforts of the region's operators in strongly
supporting ICAO safety initiatives and continuing our close
collaboration with regulators and other aviation stakeholders."