Airlines Headed for Safest Year to Date, Africa Apart, IATA Says

Airlines are on track for their safest-ever year after the loss-rate for western-built jets fell 54 percent in the first 11 months compared with a year earlier, the International Air Transport Association said.

Aircraft from manufacturers including Airbus SAS, Boeing Co. (BA) and Bombardier Inc. (BBD/B) suffered 0.19 “hull loss” accidents per million flights during the period, IATA said today.

Across the airline industry, the rate of accidents involving losses or damage for planes built by all manufacturers was 2.14 per million flights, the organization said at a Geneva briefing, continuing a downward trend since 2008.

Safety at African carriers deteriorated, with 12.69 losses per million flights, 57 percent worse than a year earlier.

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