Company has “always sought the best aircraft”.
- AirlineRatings assesses over 400 companies and highlights TAP’s “excellent safety record.
- TAP’s COVID protocols are “industry leaders”.
TAP is in the TOP 10 of the safest airlines in the world, being the first in Europe and ranking 5th worldwide. This was the classification given for 2022 by the website AirlineRatings, in January, which assesses airlines around the world, taking into account criteria such as: airline’s crash over 5 years; serious incident record over two years; audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies; government audits; industry-leading safety initiatives; fleet age and COVID-19 safety protocols.
TAP’s CEO, Christine Ourmières-Widener states that “this honours us very much. We will continue to relentlessly position safety as a top priority.”
AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said that “TAP Air Portugal has an excellent safety record and that is not surprising as it has kept its fleet young and has always sought the best aircraft and has been an early adopter of major safety advances. Its incident record over the past two years has been one of the best and the airline has not had a fatality in the modern era.”
“TAP Portugal has become a benchmark for airline safety and its COVID protocols are industry-leading,” Mr. Thomas said.
Gonçalo Nápoles, TAP’s Safety Manager, highlights the high commitment over several years of every member of staff that made it possible to achieve this recognition, stressing that this “represents the level of commitment to safety over the years, the Operational excellence achieved by the work of all and is proof that the risk management work can be done in line with the strategy and needs of transformation of the company”.
Launched in 2013, AirlineRatings assesses the safety and product standards of over 400 airlines, using a star system, which it attributes according to fleet age, accident history and safety parameters defined by the International Air Transport Association – with regard to IOSA certification -, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the US Federal Aviation Authority.
Rather than just take all the incidents and judge an airline as some rating agencies do, AirlineRatings.com editors only look at the serious and evaluate if the issue was the fault of the airline or other factors – perhaps the aircraft manufacturer or ATC. “It is critical to understand why the incident occurred and how the crew reacted,” Mr. Geoffrey Thomas said.