Emirates, Etihad among safest airlines for 2018

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Dubai (Reuters): UAE airline giants Emirates and Etihad have signed an agreement for cooperation in aviation security, which will include the sharing of information, intelligence, security training and education programmes, as well as operational areas within and outside the UAE.

According to AirlineRatings, the two UAE-based carriers are among the “who’s who” in the aviation industry for 2018 and are leading the charge in terms of safety, innovation and fleet expansion. They’re the only Gulf carriers to make it into the top 20.

AirlineRatings rated each airline up to seven stars for safety, and both Etihad and Emirates were given the highest rating. They also earned top marks for maintaining a fatality-free record for the past ten years and meeting the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, IATA Operational Safety Audit, among others

One of the key areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU involves the sharing of information and intelligence between Emirates, which in November added the 100th Airbus A380 Superjumco to its fleet, and Etihad, whose name means unity in Arabic, on critical aspects of aviation security.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group said “security is one of the foremost priorities of the global aviation industry.”

Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with Etihad Aviation Group to share know-how and extend aviation security services in order to better handle shared challenges, he added.

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