SAS classified outside the top ten safe global airline companies


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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
The Scandinavian Airway System, SAS has a lot of work to do to regain its prestigious position in the market – a place it had a decade ago. Despite its inability to make money, its reputation as one of the ten safest airliners has been weaken by latest classification.

A survey of airline safety, by the Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA), puts SAS outside the list of 10 safest airline operators in the world. This is not a great impression about a company that has been the pride of Scandinavian efficiency in the past.  According to the survey, leaders are British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa which are classed the safest in Europe.


The survey published on Monday is based on 15 different criteria including company financial status, number of employees, maintenance capabilities, the number of aircrafts and number of miles travelled. One of the 15 points that are considered in the overall picture is "the number of accidents in the last ten years".

With these criteria as a basis, the Air Transport Rating Agency quoted what it calls the "world's safest airlines' of the 100 major airliners in the world in 2009, the year in which figures in the material was collected.

In the model the ten safest companies in the world (in no particular order) includes Air France-KLM, AMR Corporation (American Airlines and American Eagle), British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways.

SAS is not on that list:
“It is difficult to comment on the investigation because we do not know the details, and do not know where SAS was ranked by ATRA,” says Cecilia Saberi of the SAS press office.

“What we can say is that the International Air Transport Association, IATA performs their major security review of the airlines in the world every two years and has not had any complaints on the SAS during the past eight years. We're one of the few companies with top ratings.
By Team

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