It hasn’t been a good week for Boeing, the world’s largest global airline manufacturer, in terms of positive press. A number of the company’s new 787 Dreamliners suffered a number of issues as of late, including a electrical problem on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight that forced an emergency landing on Tuesday. ANA and Japan Airlines have since grounded their 787 fleet, but other launch customers such as Qatar Airways have played down the recent troubles and expressed confidence that Boeing will resolve the problems.
Mechanical issues and other incidents naturally give people pause when it comes to flying. But overall, traveling by airplane is still regarded as one of the safest methods of transportation. In fact, 2012 marked the safest year for air travel since the dawn of the jet age.
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the former US Airways pilot who made a water landing in his disabled aircraft, an incident called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” expresses his confidence in airline safety in the following clip from the Commonwealth Club.