The recent thread about A/C that have not yet experienced a catastrophic hull loss with fatalities has reminded me of the long period during which Airbus planes flew without accidents.
Air France introduced the A300 in 1974, and, if I'm not mistaken, there were no major accidents until Iran Air in 1988. And that one could hardly be blamed on the plane.
After that, Airbus planes have had a fine safety record, comparable with airliners of the same generation(s).
If China Airlines and Thai had not been Airbus clients, the Airbus record would have been even better (and I'm saying that as someone who would be delighted to fly CI
And what I bring up about Airbus was true of the Boeings of the time too. The Lauda catastrophe was quite a while after the intro of the big twins.
The first generation of jets certainly didn't wait 14 plus years to experience trouble. In any case, in those pre-simulator days, the airlines were experiencing horrific training accidents.
And now it looks (knock on wood, as someone said on the other thread) like the new generation will break that record.
Still, if someone had asked me, say on Jan 1, 2000, to name 2 airliner+airline combo that would NOT crash that year, I might have answered "Air France Concorde, and Singapore 744".
About 15 years ago, I remember an Economist article predicting a major hull loss per WEEK by now! I don't think the traffic figures did keep up with the projections in that article, but no matter, flying today is safe, safe, safe...
I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!