How did 2017 Perform for Airline Travel Safety?
Fear of flying and air travel safety fears are something that puts people off seeing the beautiful World and all it has to offer. However, in these modern times, more people are flying than ever before. It’s easy to see why. You can fly almost anywhere now in a reasonable time, and see some wonderous things! A new report published at the end of 2017 reaffirms flying as the safest method of travel worldwide.
That’s not all, air travel safety actually had the safest year of all time last year. But what does this mean?
Safety for the Air Travel Industry in 2017
Safety is the number one priority in the aviation industry. It simply has to be in a world where technology advances quickly. New engines, planes, materials and fuel saving methods are being researched all the time. The main focus of all of this? Bringing about better aviation for everyone of us without compromising airline travel safety.
Dutch consulting firm To70 completed a civil aviation review for 2017, calling last year “exceptionally good” for air travel safety.
According to them, there were only 3 fatal accidents last year. These all involved small turbo propellor planes. This data beats any statistical forecast from previous years and makes it the safest year for flying ever. Considering there were close to 35 million flights Worldwide last year this has to be seen as amazing and a true credit to the industry’s safety standards.
In total, there were 111 accidents worldwide, of which 3 included fatalities. This is compared to 6 accidents which included fatalities in 2016.
For the industry, a single fatality per year is one too many. Even though there can still be improvements this data does really show the exceptional standards of air travel safety in the modern age. It certainly gives us confidence to book more flights this year!
What the Airline Industry Needs to Consider
In the report, additional risks of flying were also identified. The growing use of lithium batteries in aircraft stands out as a potential risk for the future. This is because if they catch fire they can be difficult to extinguish.
A particular plane which is reasonable to mention in relation to lithium-ion batteries is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A fantastic advancement of technology, this plane has faced a few issues with the new battery type, with four aircraft experiencing issues related to the battery in their first year of service.
This was considered resolved back in 2013, however, when a new system was introduced to better contain any fires as a result of battery failure on board.
Mental health is also highlighted as a potential future risk. With mental health issues increasing, it is imperative that airline staff are given the support they need when it is needed. After the tragic story of the Lufthansa Pilot crashing his plane with passengers on board in March 2015, it has never been a more important time for focus on this.
As for the safest country? Those people living in Britain have the least to worry about currently. The UK stands at the top of the list of records, with the last fatal crash happening all the way back in 1989.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the biggest improvement needed to be made; it currently stands at 44% worse than the World average for accident rates.
So What’s Next in 2018?
With the expansion of ultra-long-haul flights coming in 2018 the focus of airline safety will be stronger than ever this year. Qantas is introducing the first-ever direct flights from Australia to Europe in March, taking just 17 hours. The longest flight in the world now stands at over 10,000 miles. As more and more of these flights are introduced to the market, the industry will have to continue to keep a close eye on the long haul market.