Turkish Airlines prides itself on always considering the health and safety of its passengers as paramount, and today the carrier announces the successful completion of the SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) program implemented by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) in 2021.
After undergoing 74 assessments by 38 civil aviation authorities in 57 airports in Europe, the Turkish flag carrier became one of the most successful airlines in Europe, with nearly zero findings (0.054 ratings). This rating became the most successful performance of Turkish Airlines to date and shows continuous improvements by the carrier when it comes to flight safety.
Spearheaded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Turkey as a full member, the program inspects foreign airline companies in Europe, and aims to monitor the measurability and sustainability of flight safety. Turkish Airlines managed to excel greatly above the EASA average (0.44 ratings). The program took into account pre and post flight national and international regulations and inspected nearly 500 requirements at a large scale.
Turkish Airlines General Manager Bilal Ekşi commented on the 2021 SAFA result, saying: “Every day, hundreds of thousands of passengers from 128 countries around the world trust Turkish Airlines in their journeys towards their loved ones. As Turkish Airlines, we do our utmost to repay that trust by perfectly planning every stage of our passengers’ journey. As a result of that effort, we successfully completed the SAFA program’s 2021 assessments at a much higher ratio compared to the European average and proved our identity once again as a trusted airline. We will continue our efforts to keep increasing flight safety and travel comfort of our guests to a higher level every day.”
In its announcement, Turkish Airlines further stated it “will continue investments to improve its flight safety standards even more while increasing its guest’s travel comfort and take every measure possible for flight safety.”