First Holistic World Safety Award at the International Paris Air Show Le Bourget Wednesday June 19th 2013
PARIS, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
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
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
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
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:
Rank Airline Country 1: Delta Airlines USA 2: United Continental Holdings USA 3: Southwest Airlines USA 4: AMR Corporation USA 5: US Airways Group USA
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 [http://www.atra.aero/pdf/presskit_atra.pdf ] Visit the official website : http://www.atra.aero Press contact Ariel Beresniak : firstname.lastname@example.org , +41-22-342-1010
SOURCE Air Transport Rating Agency