TAIPEI, TAIWAN (14 Jan., 2014) –Taiwan-based EVA Air has been ranked as one of world's 10 safest airlines by website AirlineRatings.com. Others among the top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic. EVA has consistently been recognized by organizations worldwide for its spotless safety record. Information about the website's recently released 2013 ratings and criteria are available at www.AirlineRatings.com and travelers can learn more about EVA's quality services and commitment to safety at www.evaair.com.
Though AirlineRatings.com is a comparatively new website, its high-level editors and content curators are recognized around the globe for their expertise and deep knowledge of the industry. The website evaluated 448 airlines and rated them based on analyses of information from aviation governing bodies, governments, leading industry associations and crash data. To be considered among the top 10, each airline was required to have the maximum seven-star safety rating and meet seven strict criteria.* Then, AirlineRatings subjected its shortlist to closer scrutiny.
“Our editors look more closely at the airline’s systems, management oversight and leadership in safety in the cockpit and maintenance,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. “Our editors were very impressed by EVA Air’s attention to fine detail and its impeccable safety record. And, typically, the best safety-oriented airlines are also the best in product.”
EVA has also earned seven stars from AirlineRatings for its product. Though that assessment was not factored into these rankings, the attention to detail that produces quality service demonstrates that EVA is likely to go the extra mile for safety as well. For more than two decades, EVA has never compromised maintenance, repair or upkeep. It takes precautions to ensure that every single flight is safe from gate to gate. Achievements such as this top-10 ranking are a credit to both EVA and Taiwan's aviation industry.
"It is a great honor to stand out in a crowd of more than 400 carriers worldwide and to be ranked as one of the top-10 safest airlines,” said EVA Chairman K. W. Chang. “We are particularly proud of this recognition because it is the result of a thorough analysis by respected industry experts. Flight safety is our most valuable asset. Without it, we could not give our passengers the service quality they have come to expect. We are encouraged in our efforts to be a world-class airline.”
EVA has been recognized among the world’s 10 safest airlines by Aero International Magazine’s for the past 10 years, including 2013. And with performance, it has demonstrated zero-defects in IATA’s Operational Safety Audits (IOSA), performed every two years since 2005.
EVA has also steadily renewed and upgraded its fleet, replacing older aircraft and introducing new, advanced models, including Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A321-200s. By equipping its new planes with the latest technologies, it is further enhancing service quality and ensuring flight safety.
*SafetyRatings used seven criteria to assess airlines. Each of the top-10 airlines has:
- Completed an IATA (International Air Transport Association) Operational Safety Audit, ie, earned IOSA Certification.
- Met the European Union’s high standards of aircraft maintenance and regulatory oversight and are not on the EU Blacklist.
- Maintained a fatality-free record for the past 10 years.
- Flown to the United States from a country that upholds the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA’s) aircraft operations and maintenance requirements.
- Originated in a country that fulfills all eight International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety parameters.
- Never been grounded by any governing aviation safety authority.
- Built a fleet using Boeing, Airbus and McDonnell Douglas aircraft and does not operate Russian-built aircraft.