Air New Zealand is the safest airline in the world for 2022, according to AirlineRatings.com, with carriers like Etihad Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Qatar, Qantas, Lufthansa, and Finnair also making the list.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is widely considered the easiest plane to fly. While many factors come into play that makes the Cessna 172 so easy to fly, the most influential features are its high wing configuration, powerful engine, spacious & comfortable cockpit, and intuitive and forgiving controls.
According to Airfleets.net, Airbus has suffered 86 total crashes or accidents between its models – fewer than just the 147 suffered by Boeing's 737 alone. However, the comparative length of service and greater number of Boeings in use should be considered as well in interpreting those numbers.
The Cessna 152 was involved in nearly 800 more crashes than any other aircraft. In terms of fatalities, Boeing aircraft occupy four of the top five – the Boeing 737-200 has killed the most people at 906 deaths, followed by the original Boeing 737, the Boeing 777-206 and the Boeing MD-82.
Small planes are far more likely to suffer catastrophic damage from severe weather, birds flying into engine turbines, and other flying hazards. Pilot error is the most commonly cited reason for private airplane crashes; specifically, loss of control of the aircraft.
Make sure the following documents are available and in proper order for the aircraft: Airworthiness certificate, engine and airframe logbooks, aircraft equipment list, weight and balance data, placards, and FAA-approved aircraft flight manual or owner's handbook.
According to the NSC (National Safety Council), the odds of dying in a car crash as a driver are 1 in 114, and 1 in 654 as a passenger. The odds of dying in a plane crash, on the other hand, are 1 in 9,821. It's, therefore, safe to say that air travel is much safer than car travel.
Do pilots prefer Boeing or Airbus? Pilots will always differ in opinion. The general feeling is that Airbus aircraft on the narrowbodies (A320 etc) are slightly more comfortable in terms of space in the flight deck than a 737 for example.
This plane boasts on of the largest wing loading in commercial planes: 750 kg/m2. For comparison, the wings can take twice much weight per square meter than those of an Embraer ERJ-175. Just by this value, you can expect a smoother ride on the 787.
These models currently have a clean flight record and all tie for being the safest airplane: Airbus: A220, A319neo, A320neo, A321neo, A340, A350 and A380. Boeing: 717, 747-8 and 787. Embraer: 135, 140 and 145.
It's perfectly reasonable to be afraid of flying. According to several studies, even pilots get flight anxiety. Some fearful fliers are concerned about the safe arrival of the plane. Others are not afraid the plane will crash; they fear “crashing” psychologically.