Revealed: the world’s safest airlines



Emirates is one of the world’s safest airlines, according to a study carried out by AirlineRatings.com.

The airline safety website examined 409 major airlines before compiling its its annual top 20 safest airlines list.

Joining Emirates - which took the titles World's Leading Airline - First Class 2017, World’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme 2017 and World's Leading Airline Website 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards - on the list of 20 (which is not ranked) are Ethiad Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines.

“Our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of new more advanced aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787,” said Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com’s Editor-in-Chief. 

The site also listed their top 10 safest low-cost airlines. Flybe, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook all made the cut but it was bad news for Ryanair and easyJet, neither of whom made an appearance in the list.

Thomas explained: “Unlike a number of low cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.” 

AirlineRatings.com also announced its lowest ranked airlines for 2018 which featured the likes of Air Koryo, North Korea’s flag carrier, Suriname based Bluewing Airlines, four Nepalese carriers - Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines - and Indonesia’s Trigana Air Service.

However if you’re flying soon and your chosen airline doesn’t appear on the top 20 safest airlines list, fear not.

According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), which records all air crashes and incidents reported around the world, the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is currently 0.06 per million flights - that’s just one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.

Furthermore, airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, making 2017 the safest year ever for commercial air travel.

See you in the skies…

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Sandals launches Layaway Programme

The mornings are dark, damp and freezing cold, while the commute to work is painfully crowded, but reader! It doesn’t have to be this way…

Don’t let January get you down. Swap Britain for the sunny Caribbean where you can bask in some winter sun, while sipping rum punch on sand the colour of icing sugar.

And happily, for those of us whose Caribbean holiday dreams are bigger than our post festive season budgets, it is possible to enjoy the high life right now.

Sandals Resorts International - who have properties in St Lucia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, and Antigua - have announced a‘Luxury Layaway Installment Payment Plan’ for all guests.

The new initiative means guests can now split the cost of their Sandals - who walked away the titles World's Leading All-Inclusive Company 2017 and Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards - holidays over a number of months ranging from as little as three months, to as long as two years.

The ‘Luxury Layaway Installment Payment Plan’ is combinable with all applicable standard resort offers and loyalty and travel offers.

Guests can also take advantage of this installment payment plan by booking future travel at a Loyalty Travel desk on resort. Coming soon in 2018, reservations with the Luxury Layaway plans will also be available to travel agents through Sandals’ TAportal. 

Customers can book a vacation for the relevant resort prices, leave the standard deposit per resort and then select their unique payment instalment option for the remaining balance on the booking which will be divided evenly amongst the number of months chosen.

So there you have it… why spend any more of winter in grey, drizzly Britain when a balmy climate, swaying palms and a warm welcome await in the Caribbean?

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Travel tips for 2018

Buenos Aires
Until recently Argentina’s charismatic capital was starved of direct, affordable flights from the UK but change is on the horizon. From Valentine’s Day, budget airline Norwegian Airlines will be showing its love for the South American giant with the launch of the longest-ever nonstop route from Gatwick — to Buenos Aires.
On arrival, spend the money you have saved on fantastic food (Argentina’s steakhouses are legendary but you’ll also, thanks to Italian immigration in the past, find excellent pizza and pasta all washed down with copious amounts of Malbec), futbol games(football is a religion) and first class tango (arguably Argentina’s greatest contribution to the world)  shows.

Rwanda
Rwanda – a tiny East African country whose name will always be tinged with tragedy – may not have previously figured on your bucket list but it should.
It has some of the world’s most wonderful wildlife (Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where you can still find mountain gorillas in the wild, and is the leader when it comes to their conservation) and a particularly progressive capital in Kigali. Make no mistake: Rwanda’s capital city is safe (violent crime is near non-existent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda) and spotless thanks to Umuganda, a monthly street clean-up).
What’s more, now that RwandAir flies direct from London Gatwick to Kigali three times a week, reaching Rwanda has never been more accessible or affordable.

Ex appeal: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom reunite in the Maldives



Pop star Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom have continued to keep fans guessing as to whether they are once again an item, having been spotted enjoying one another's company in the Maldives.

The pair - who dated throughout 2016, before calling time on their romance in early 2017 - were papped at the luxurious Amilla Fushi Resort, sparking speculation that they have rekindled their relationship.

A source told E News! that 33 year-old Perry was in Dubai when she decided to stop over in the Maldives, which is only a few hours away, and meet up with her ex-boyfriend Orlando Bloom, 40.

A source told gossip site, E! News: ”Katy and Orlando have never lost touch and it's nothing serious. They keep in contact frequently, and Orlando is understanding of her crazy schedule right now. It's pretty casual between the two."


Even without the prospect of bumping into Bloom, we can see why the Firework hitmaker would want to make for the Maldives - which walked away with the titles World's Leading Dive Destination 2017, World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2017, Indian Ocean's Leading Beach Destination 2017, Indian Ocean's Leading Destination 2017 and Indian Ocean's Leading Dive Destination 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards.


Far-flung and exotic, with private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms fringed by crystal blue waters, it's the ultimate luxury escape - and, no doubt, just what the doctor ordered for Katy, who is currently in the midst of a gruelling international tour as well as being about to make her debut as an American Idol judge. 

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easyjet will look after your pets when you’re on holiday


Worried about Fido while you’re flying? Fret not: easyJet passengers can now organise a complimentary house sitter for their pet when booking a flight

 

Budget airline, easyJet, is offering travel loving pet owners a helping paw.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s airline - hailed the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline App 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards - has teamed up with international house and pet sitting business, TrustedHousesitters, to form a partnership that will make it easier for pet owners and animal lovers to travel around Europe.

Customers will be able to choose a free house sitter for their pet, or find free accommodation as a house and pet sitter when booking flights from early 2018.

easyJet will allow pet owners to match with verified members of the TrustedHousesitters online community to look after their homes, while animal lovers will be able to explore Europe, looking after pets in unique accommodation.

As well as every variety of cat and dog, pet sitters can find themselves looking after anything from chickens and pigs, to goats and llamas. 

The accommodation is as diverse as the animals, with house sits available everywhere from French chateaus to stylish apartments in Paris, and bohemian getaways in Spain. There are even entire Greek islands that have been listed on the site.

The new initiative follows a survey of easyJet customers that revealed how the majority of pet owners would travel more, if they had better access to pet care.

Of the customers surveyed, 58 per cent said they would travel frequently if they had more satisfactory pet care solutions. Among those who found that owning pets made travelling more difficult, 62 per cent said that either the cost of pet care or concern for pet welfare prevented them from going away more often.

Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director for easyJet, said: “easyJet is committed to making travel as easy as possible for our customers – this new partnership with TrustedHousesitters is the latest step we’ve taken to deliver on that promise.

“By helping holidaymakers find trusted people to look after their pets and homes or by helping them to find free accommodation in return for housesitting, we will make travel possible for even more people.” 

TrustedHousesitters Managing Director, Tim Lyons, added:

“There are millions of pet owners in desirable locations all over the world without adequate pet care, we can now enable them to travel more often with peace of mind, boosting tourism while giving people more authentic travel experiences. This helps make travel easier and more affordable all round.

“Our speciality is connecting people with authentic and amazing places to stay which include the company of an adorable pet, easyJet’s speciality is getting people there - I think we will make a great team.”

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