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  February 8th, 2016 | Written by

AAPA: Aviation Safety Performance Improves In 2015

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  • There were four major accidents involving large commercial airline jets last year, resulting 374 fatalities.
  • The four major airline accidents last year included two events which involved deliberate acts.
  • The fatal accident rate of one in five-million flights marks 2015 as the safest year ever for commercial aviation.

The commercial air transport industry operated more than 40 million flights and carried over 3.5 billion passengers across the world in calendar year 2015.

There were four major accidents involving large western-built jets operated by commercial airlines last year, which resulted in a total of 374 fatalities. These losses included the Germanwings and Metrojet events which are understood to be the result of deliberate acts of unlawful interference.

Asia Pacific carriers reported no major accidents involving large western-built commercial airline jets. The global fatal accident rate of one in five-million flights marks 2015 as the safest year ever for commercial aviation, as the industry reaffirmed its commitment to delivering continuous improvements in air safety performance. The major accident loss rate has more than halved over the past five years.

Turboprop operations have also maintained a very good safety record, with fewer major accidents being reported in 2015, but continue to experience somewhat higher accident rates compared to larger jet aircraft operations. Particular challenges include operating in remote geographical areas, and technical limitations involving the available airport and air navigation infrastructure.

The aviation industry’s excellent safety record reflects the benefits of close collaboration amongst the various stakeholders, including airlines, aerospace manufacturers, airports, air navigation and other service providers, working closely with national regulatory authorities in accordance with established International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global standards.

“Flying today is extraordinarily safe, and aircraft accidents are now increasingly rare events,” said Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). “Indeed, the 2015 accident rate is the lowest ever recorded, but we can never afford to be complacent.”

Air transport links are a key driver of economic and social development, Herdman noted, and demand for air travel is expected to continue expanding year on year, not least in the Asia Pacific region which is already the world’s largest aviation market. “Governments have an important role to play in ensuring that the necessary aviation infrastructure, including effective regulatory oversight, keeps pace with the expected growth,” he added. “AAPA’s safety objective is to deliver further positive improvements in safety performance, recognizing that this can only be achieved through the joint efforts of the region’s operators, working in close partnership with regulators and other involved stakeholders.”