A Finnair plane at Helsinki Airport (Image: Lehtikuva)


THE JET AIRLINER CRASH DATA EVALUATION CENTRE (JACDEC) which examines safety data from all global airlines, has announced that the Finnish national carrier Finnair was the safest airline to fly with in the world in 2018.

The rankings show that Finnair has the lowest number of accidents, safety incidents, and injuries out of the 100 airlines assessed, with Finnair beating last year’s winner, Emirates, by a considerable margin. 

In new rankings published on Thursday evening, Finnair has been awarded a risk index of 93.91%, placing it ahead of runners-up Norwegian Air and Singapore Airlines. Finnair has had zero major accidents since at least the 1960s, with pilot training and maintenance checks being among the most thorough in the world.

With Finnair looking to greatly expand their services in Europe and beyond in 2019, its position as the safest option for travellers will likely prove a welcome boost to ticket sales.

The worst performer in this year’s index was Garuda Indonesia, with a risk index of 52.11%.


Adam Oliver Smith – HT

Image: Lehtikuva