Qantas is World’s safest Airline
For the third year running the Australian airline has emerged world’s safest airline. This is as a result of its ‘extra ordinary fatality free record in the jet era’ according to AirlineRatings.com. Last year saw a number of fatal accidents that are rumored to have hit above the 10 year average. A report by AirlineRatings.com praised Qantas for an ‘extraordinary record of firsts’ in safety and operations over its 94-year history.
The website shows safety ratings of over 407 airlines after a cross examination of each airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence. From the data, twenty safest airlines in the world are derived. Of the surveyed, 148 were given top seven-star safety ranking while almost 50 had just three stars or less.Qantas Airways, image source; worldairlinenews.com
Other airlines that made to the top 20 include; American Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Kenya Airways has an impressive 5 out of 7 stars in this Safety ranking report.
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Emirates launching the world’s longest airline route
This February will see Emirates beat Qantas in the title of the world’s longest passenger airline route. Emirates is adding nonstop service from Dubai to Panama City, a move that will see the airline mark its first destination in Central America. According to Bloomberg News, the route outstrips Qantas’ Sydney – Dallas route by about 10 miles, and will cover 8,590 miles.
In a statement to The National of Dubai, Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum , while announcing the route back in August said, “Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers traveling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America.”Emirates A380, image source; Uaeinteract.com
FastJet finally starts flying Nairobi Today
Meanwhile, It’s a warm welcome for FastJet after a three year long wait, to finally set foot in Nairobi. This comes after it was cleared by the Kenyan government to operate flights between Kenya and Tanzania under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two neighbors. Today (Monday 11, 2016) the airline will be commencing two new routes, Nairobi – Dar es salaam and Nairobi – Kilimanjaro. The low cost carrier began operations 2012 in Tanzania and sees Kenya as its second major operational base. Its entry is expected to increase competition for the old boys in the game, mainly Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.Fastjet A319-111, image source; flickr.com
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