Why not book on the Spruce Goose? 8 engines for redundancy, and in the event of a failure that requires going into the drink, you're already in a cruise ship....
Heh, even eight engines is risky. Better with the twelve on the Do X
Flying was a much more enjoyable experience 20 years ago ... Go back 50 years and flying was like a dream ...The flight attendants were hot, and they wore skirts. ... If consumers are in control as you say, why have consumers only lost ground as time goes on?
Consumers have gotten exactly what they wanted - lower fares. If you need to leer at scantily-clad ladies as they serve you refreshments, go to Vegas.
There was a time when no lifeboats were needed because "statistics" proved that a certain ship was unsinkable. .
The reason that "certain ship"
did not have a full complement of life boats, was not statistical is was marketing by The White Star Line selling the idea that the Titanic was unsinkable even though there were (known by them) cost cutting design features of the ship that turned the iceberg mishap deadly. The most obvious was that the transverse water tight bulkheads did not extend much higher than the water line.
The root reasoning is even more mundane. Safety requirements for British-flagged vessels were imposed by the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 at the time RMS Titanic was designed and constructed, and this regulation had failed greatly to keep pace with advances in marine technology. Critically, the lifeboat capacity requirement for vessels of 10,000 gross register tonnes or greater was a flat 16 boats with a cumulative capacity not less than 272.5 m^3 (9625 ft^3), which was held to be sufficient for 960 people, and which did not
scale with increases in vessel size - meaning that RMS Titanic, at 46328 GR tonnes, legally needed no greater lifeboat capacity than a hypothetical vessel of 10001 GRT.
It was found after the sinking that of the 39 other British liners exceeding 10000 GRT, 33 also had insufficient lifeboats for their occupancy. One, the RMS Carmania, had lifeboats sufficient only for 29% of her design occupancy.
On this basis the Titanic's fitout was legal, and this was coupled with the expectation that the ship's intended usage and design characteristics would make a complete evacuation highly unlikely. A good summary can be read here
and can be expanded upon by recourse to one of many books and journals.
For this reason I avoid blind recourse to "it meets regulations" in all manner of fields, but ETOPS is one area where I feel confident that regulation has kept abreast of technological advances and changes in known risk - noting, for instance, that many four-holers will soon lose their go-anywhere freedom with the addition of fire containment and suppression measures to the diversion time requirements.