This is one distinction which Air India could have done without. In a recent report on airline safety, the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has analyzed the crash data of about 60 airlines of the world for the last 30 years and formed an index on safety. Air India, India’s national carrier, has been the worst performer on this count as it has taken the 58th position in this list.
Established in the year 1932, the airline has suffered loss of 3 airlines since 1983 with the last loss happening just 3 years back. However, the single major casualty incident has been reported to be 329 deaths in the year 1985. It is interesting to note that other airplanes which have suffered more losses of aircraft or even the deaths in a single incident in the same time frame of 30 years have been ranked higher. Air India, the international flights provider from India, has been better only than TAM Airlines of Brazil and the China Airlines of Taiwan. The only other Indian airliner in the list is Jet Airways, another cheap international flights provider, which has done far better than Air India on the safety index. It ranks 37th in this list.
FinnAir, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad Airways are the top rank holders in terms of safety. Though question are bound to be raised on how the ranks were calculated using the safety index, it does leave some important points to address. Being in the last rankings, Air India needs to figure where it lacks vis-à-vis the other airlines and take up adequate measures to further bolster its safety index ranking. By one logic, if the late comer Jet can achieve higher ranks, what prevent the much older and experienced Airliner from achieving the same?