With the recent spate of crashes, air safety has been brought to the fore on the web. Debates are roaring about who is better and safer — Boeing or Airbus.
Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes says it best.
All commercial airplanes, whether designed and manufactured by Boeing or another company, must meet the same stringent safety requirements before they’re certified to enter service. The fact is, today’s air system is safer than ever – and there are statistics to prove it.
Since the 1960’s, Boeing has published the “Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents.” It makes excellent reading and dispels many myths.
To further air safety all the aircraft manufacturers, regulatory agencies, operators, labour, and others have formed the Commercial Aviation Safety Team or CAST. CAST members have helped reduce the fatal accident rate in the United States by 83 percent from 1998 to 2008, according to industry data, and this was recognised by their receiving the Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association which signifies the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in the United States.