Where to Look for Indications of Airlines Safety

An Analysis Using Tableau

Closer Look at Airlines Safety (image by Holger Detje from Pixabay)

Inspired by the recovery of air traffic demand, I looked at airline safety records to see if there are noticeable patterns. Many consumers say or at least claim that they would avoid airlines that have had incidents in the past. In my analysis, I look to explore the validity of this thinking. The Story (Tableau) can be found here:

Airlines Safety Analysis


The data was sourced from AviationSafetyNetwork, which records incident, fatal accident, and fatality counts. Some of the interesting findings include:

  • By raw count, airlines from the U.S. have unfortunately incurred the most incidents, largely driven by a large flight time. When weighted by flight time, airlines from the African and Asian regions have the highest incident rates.
  • Overall, airline safety has significantly improved over the past 30 years.
  • Past records are loosely indicative of future risk. A better indicator might be the airline region or airline experience. This makes sense since the aviation industry is high regulated are airlines from different regions are subject to different standards. Furthermore, airline that have gotten more experience via more flight time has lower incident rates.

That said, flying remains one of the safest ways to travel. Happy flying!

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