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January 11, 2018
Asia Pacific airlines enjoyed a safe year in 2017
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) announced that its members enjoyed a very safe year in 2017. Asia Pacific carriers experienced just one major accident involving large western-built commercial airline jets, with zero crew and passenger fatalities.
Commercial turboprop operations also achieved significant safety performance. There was one major accident involving an Asian operator which resulted in 2 fatalities.
Mr. Andrew Herdman, Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) commented, "With the demand for air travel growing continuously, the world's airlines are now responsible for safely transporting over 4 billion passengers each year. About one third of those passengers are being carried by airlines based in the Asia Pacific region, on some of the busiest routes in the world. Understandably with this responsibility, safety is always our first priority."
Mr. Herdman continued, "Aviation safety has come a long way and we are now in an era where major accidents are extremely rare events. The level of safety achieved so far is a result of the collective efforts of regulators and industry stakeholders working together to identify evolving safety priorities and addressing common operational challenges."
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