1 2019 was dominated by a single air disaster: the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max in which all 157 passengers on board lost their lives. It was the second crash for this new Boeing model. Just a few months before, in October 2018, another Boeing 737 Max had crashed in Indonesia. In response the plane was grounded worldwide, which remains in force today.
2 Source: German Aviation Association (2020): Luftfahrt aktuell: Fakten und Hintergründe zum deutschen Luftverkehr [Facts and background on the German aviation industry], 1/2020, p. 1 (available in German only).
3 Aircraft with a capacity of over 14 passengers, including kidnappings and acts of sabotage, data as of January 1, 2020.
4 Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (2018): Noch nie war das Fliegen so sicher wie 2017 [Flying has its safest year ever in 2017] (available in German only), in: NZZ, January 3, 2018.
5 Source: Airliners.de (2017): So sicher ist Fliegen [How safe is flying?] (available in German only), October 5, 2017, URL: https://www.airliners.de/so-fly-answers-Cockpit-18/37718, accessed January 31, 2020.
6 Aircraft are maintained and serviced using a system of rolling "letter checks" (also known as A, B, C and D checks). A checks are performed most frequently, typically every 250-650 flying hours. For a plane in normal usage, this means a detailed check every six to eight weeks, taking around 50 to 80 working hours. It focuses primarily on regular service checks, combined with engine and functional checks. B checks are carried out every three to four months and C checks about every two years. The D check is a thorough overhaul and takes place approximately every six to ten years. This is the longest, most detailed, and most expensive maintenance event: The aircraft is dismantled, all its parts are checked and the paint is taken off to inspect the aircraft hull for possible damage (Source: Focus (2009): Flugzeugwartung: Teure Checks für alte Kisten [Aircraft maintenance: expensive checks for old machines] (available in German only), July 1, 2009, URL: https://www.focus.de/reisen/flug/airline-sicherheit/tid-14743/flugzeugwartung-teure-checks-fuer-alte-kisten_aid_413162.html), accessed January 31, 2020.
7 Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (2018): Drohne legt Londoner Flughafen Gatwick lahm [Drone brings Gatwick airport to a standstill] (available in German only), in: NZZ, December 20, 2018.
8 Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (2019): Drohnenabsturz: Mit ihrer Fahrlässigkeit gefährdet die Post eine grosse Innovation [Drone crash: Swiss Post negligence endangers an important innovation] (available in German only), in: NZZ, June 28, 2019.
9 Source: Handelsblatt (2013): Welches Verkehrsmittel ist das sicherste [Which form of transport is the safest]? (available in German only), in: Handelsblatt, July 11, 2013.
10 Source: IATA (2019): IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance, February 21, 2019, URL: https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/pr/2019-02-21-01/, accessed January 31, 2020.
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