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The world’s safest airlines in 2019

AirlineRatings.com has named Qantas the safest airline for 2019. However, it presents the top-20 in alphabetical order. Thus, it is not really an airline safety ranking order. Carriers in the top-20 are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

Number of stars

All those carriers have the maximum number of 7 stars according to AirlineRatings.com's safety ranking system. On...
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Who recommends Toilet Duck?

Companies have a tried and tested strategy to promote a product. This is paying a firm for conducting a survey on the condition that the results will meet the company's requirements. In such a case the survey invariably shows that consumers are very enthusiastic about the new product.

Chatbots

A recent example is Humley, which makes artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots. They claim to have gauged consumer frustrations and preferences regarding online experiences within the travel and hospitality industries. Guess what? Over ¾ of Americans would lean heavily on chatbots to improve...
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Fear of flying

Vliegramp2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, reports the Aviation Safety Network. In that year, a total of 15 fatal accidents with aircraft were recorded resulting in 556 fatalities. The accidents involve 12 passenger flights and 3 cargo flights.

5-year average

This is worse than the 5-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities: 1 more accident and 76 more lives lost. Even so, as to commercial aviation, 2018 is the 3rd safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the 9th safest in terms...
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Apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before departure

Statue of libertyArriving in the USA is an unpleasant experience. Citizens or nationals of one of the Visa Waiver Program countries must apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) prior to their travel to the USA. Other travelers will usually need a visa.

Soviet Union

If you have ever been to the former Soviet Union, this ordeal will come to mind again when you arrive in the USA. For foreigners arriving in the USA the entry process is almost the same as it was in the Soviet Union....
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Manila airport safe according to ICAO, not according to TSA

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for assessing security at foreign airports with direct service to the USA. This is to ensure that they meet ICAO standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Travel advisory for Manila Airport

In coordination with DHS and the Department of Transportation, experts from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have assessed aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines. This airport serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights...
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An empty cockpit

Pilotless planeDriverless cars are around the corner, a development that is changing the automotive industry. Even though drivers still must keep their hands on the steering wheel, quite a few cars already have the capability to drive themselves. Will pilotless planes follow?

Remote-controlled planes

According to the Swiss bank UBS, airlines can save $35 billion ($40 billion) a year if they could operate remote-controlled planes. This is not only the result of lower wage cost, but in particular of lower insurance premiums and lower fuel cost. Carriers would undoubtedly add a large...
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