Airline jet hull-loss accident rates in 2010 so far indicate that, while global safety performance is almost static, the safety of International Air Transport Association member airlines is not only getting better, but is increasing its safety margin compared with non-IATA carriers.
The total industry hull-loss accident rate for western-built jets in 2010 to 30 November was 0.66 hull loss events per million departures. That is the same figure the industry achieved in 2006, but the IATA member carrier rate was 0.28, which is 58% better. IATA's senior vice-president safety, operations and infrastructure Gunther Matschigg says he believes that the safety programmes IATA has been embedding over the last decade are beginning to bear fruit. The single most influential factor, Matschnigg believes, is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme, which is compulsory every two years for member carriers. The IOSA is continually being enhanced, he says, and it now includes a verification of the effectiveness of carriers' safety management systems. But safety programmes based on information derived from an increasingly effective system of data sharing and flight operations data monitoring are also having an effect on performance, Matschnigg says.