The world's safest and unsafest airlines

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The UAE's Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways are among the world's safest carriers, according to a survey by Hamburg-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), that examined 60 of the world's operators.

Finnair is the safest airline followed by Air New Zealand, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, Dubai's Emirates and Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, according to the survey.

Virgin Australia beat British Airways for 9th place while the English carrier came ahead of Germany's Lufthansa which placed 11 on the list.

Qatar Airways was ranked 22, while Turkish Airlines was ranked 54 followed by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Brazil's Tam Airlines came in at 59 while Taiwan-based China Airlines was ranked as the least safe carrier.

The number of fatalities reached 496 in 2012 compared with 498 the year before, while hull losses were 44 last year, down from 45 in 2011, according to JACDEC.

World’s safest airlines

10. British Airways
9. Virgin Australia
8. Hainan Airlines
7. TAP Portugal
6. EVA Air
5. Etihad Airways
4. Emirates
3. Cathay Pacific
2. Air New Zealand
1. Finnair

World’s unsafest airlines

10. SkyWest Airlines
9. South African Airways
8. Thai Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
6. Saudia
5. Korean Air
4. GOL Transportes Aéreos
3. Air India
2. TAM Airlines
1. China Airlines