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Shaking the Skies by Giovanni Bisignani

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CHAPTER SEVEN

Safety First

Making the skies ever safer

Number one

Safety is the airlines’ top priority. It always has been and always will be. In 1945, when IATA started, there were 9 million passengers and 247 fatalities. In 2012, nearly 3 billion people flew safely on 37.5 million flights. There were just 417 fatalities. Overall, there was one accident for every 5 million flights. It was the safest year ever. Every life lost is a tragedy, but in the industry we are proud that flying is the safest form of transportation.

The tireless work by IATA and airlines to keep raising the bar in safety is responsible for this incredible record. Anybody who thinks that airlines will cut corners in safety just to cut cost is wrong. Let’s be clear— an accident ...

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