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Study Determines World's Safest Airlines

The Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) names the world's safest airlines (Courtesy viZZZual.com/Flickr)

Airline passengers have lots of complaints: lack of legroom, outrageous baggage fees, annoying seatmates. There are great things about flying, of course. There's the incredible view from 35,000 feet, plus the good chance that at the end of the flight you'll either be on vacation or home sweet home. But really, the most important thing to consider with air travel is safety. A new report from the Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) determined the 10 safest airlines, and the good news is they are probably all airlines you already fly.

The Swiss organization, founded in 2011, determined the top ten safest airlines of 2012 to be (in alphabetical order) Air Canada, Air France/KLM, AMR Corporation (American Airlines and American Eagle), Delta Airlines, International Airlines Group (British Airways), Lufthansa, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, United–Continental Holdings, and US Airways. The Holistic Safety Rating studies are released on a yearly basis, and take a wide variety of factors into account to determine criteria that leads to a safety rating—how many passengers each plane holds, the number of employees and cabin crew, overall condition of aircraft in use by the airlines, the number of aircraft considered to be at risk, and the number of accidents over the last ten years, among other factors.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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