Cathay Pacific again named world’s safest airline, Singapore Airlines has a new route, and Ethiopian Airlines will be flying to New York from June

  • Cathay Pacific has been named the world’s safest airline for the second consecutive year by Germany’s Jet Airline Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) which analyses hull loss accidents, cumulative passenger data for 30 years, fatalities, accident-free years and the number of serious incidents, among other factors, to calculate a rating.

Prior to gaining (and holding) the leading position last year, Cathay Pacific was rated the second safest airline in 2014 and the third safest airline in 2013.

“Cathay Pacific’s priority on safety has seen us maintain the lead position,” says Rakesh Raicar, country manager for Cathay Pacific Southern Africa and Indian Ocean. “We will continue to make substantial investments in our aircraft, technical crew and support staff to maintain our excellent safety record.”

Cathy Pacific: safest in the skies.
Cathy Pacific: safest in the skies.

One of the airline’s most recent investments in aircraft safety is a new application called Virtual Aircraft Training System (VATS). The software puts the viewer in and outside an aircraft, offering a 360-degree panorama of all accessible areas on a plane. By clicking on the control panel on the app’s interface, the viewer can navigate through the cabin, crew areas, maintenance compartment areas and the exterior of an aircraft, assisting crew with visualising safety equipment shown for the Safety Training School.

Considering the billions of passengers that fly each year, JACDEC says commercial aviation remains one of the safest ways to travel, with overall accident analysis revealing a long-term shift away from technical issues, towards human error or malevolent intention being the leading cause of aviation accidents.

Cathay Pacific flies from Johannesburg to Hong Kong daily, connecting to hundreds of destinations across the globe. For more information and flight bookings, visit

  • Singapore Airlines has a new route – linking Singapore, Canberra, and Wellington. Flights will be operated four times a week from September 20 2016 (subject to regulatory approval).

Flights will be operated with 266-seat retrofitted Boeing 777-200s fitted with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats. Singapore Airlines will be the first airline with flights between Canberra and Wellington. It will also be the first airline to operate regularly scheduled international services to and from Canberra.

“This new service linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington reflects the close ties between the three countries,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

Singapore Airlines’ new Wellington services will complement existing services between Singapore and both Auckland and Christchurch. Singapore Airlines also has an extensive partnership with Air New Zealand.

  • Ethiopian Airlines will fly to New York’s JFK airport by the end of June. Ethiopian suspended flights to Newark in 2004 to provide nonstop service from Washington to Addis Ababa, with connections to its network in East, Central and Southern Africa.

Ethiopian’s network will once again provide a vital link between New York and Africa with this new service. Flights from Addis Ababa to JFK will depart Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, and return from JFK to Addis Ababa the same evening. Flights will make an intermediate stop in Lomé, home base for Ethiopian Airline’s partner ASKY Airlines, in both directions.