Findings published by Ascend, the world’s leading provider of information and consultancy to the global aerospace industry, show that air safety in China, as measured by the number of flights per fatal accident, is now some 800% better than in the late 1990s.
In the 10 years to 1998, China completed an average of approximately 390,000 flights per fatal accident.
Today, the country’s airlines complete some 3.25 million flights per fatal accident, which is close to the North AmericanÂ average of 3.8 million flights per fatal accident.
During the ten years to date, the figure stands at anÂ average of one passenger fatality per 5 million passengers carried.
Paul Hayes, Director, Ascend said, ‘This data should dispel any lingering concerns people may have about theÂ safety of Chinese airlines.’
This significant improvement in safety has been achieved during the same time that Chinese airlines experienced a period of huge growth. In 2008 Chinese airlines are expected to make some 2.2 million flights and carry 210 passengers, 3.5 times more than 10 years ago.