Boeing and Aviation Safety

Working Together to Make Sure Flying Is as Safe as Possible

Aviation safety is the combined result of

Global Cooperation
  • Regulatory oversight
  • How airplanes are designed and produced
  • How crews operate and maintain them
  • How the air traffic and airport infrastructure support them

That is why Boeing joins with governments and the industry to continuously advance safety in all aspects of the global air transportation system.

Boeing firmly believes this collaborative approach is more effective than regulatory action alone.

Boeing continuously works with members of industry, civil aviation associations, government regulatory authorities and operators to ensure safety efforts are effective and aligned worldwide.

Commercial Aviation Safety Team

An example of this collaboration is the Commercial Aviation Safety Teamm59748 (CAST), which comprises hundreds of representatives from airlines, manufacturers, labor and government.

Established in 1997, CAST has helped reduce the fatal accident rate in the U.S. by 83 percent in the 10-year period from 1998 to 2008 by systematically analyzing data from approximately 500 accidents and thousands of safety incidents worldwide.

From that analysis, CAST developed more than 70 safety enhancements and has implemented more than half of them so far.

Although previous safety efforts have relied on investigating past accidents to prevent future ones, CAST is now evolving to a more predictive approach, examining aviation operational data to identify less obvious or emerging patterns and potential conditions before accidents occur.

Industry Safety Strategy Group

Boeing also collaborates with industry organizations and governments to help regions throughout the world develop effective plans for improving safety standards.

Through the Industry Safety Strategy Group (ISSG), Boeing and its partners provide a common frame of reference or roadmap to reduce the global accident risk.

This safety roadmap identifies the best practices in prioritizing safety initiatives and ensures that safety initiatives are coordinated and consistent worldwide. As active members of the ISSG, Boeing safety experts travel around the globe to promote and facilitate the implementation of the safety roadmap.

Working together, the aviation industry can maximize safety by sharing the knowledge of regulators, operators and manufacturers.

Collaborative efforts, continuous monitoring of the in-service fleet and robust design and test processes all help ensure that a safe global aviation system is safer than ever.