morrisond wrote:[I don't have access to the numbers but wasn't it reported in these pages many times that the 737 has a lower fatality rate than the A320? Or if higher not statistically significant to be considered worse? This may have just been for the 737 NG which has been around for most of the life of the A320.
The reason why the NG might have lower crash/fatality rate than the 320 is because many older frames and older generation 320 are included in the 320 rate (probably even the 1988 Hapsheim accident, way before the NG was even on the horizon).
Newer generation frames tend to be more safe than older generation (until Max, that is).
If you include the 300/400/500 models in the 737 group (creating a more evenly balanced group time-wise), then you will find that he 320 is not worse than the 737. And I'd suspect that if you'd eliminate A320 frames prior to 737NG first delivery, the 320 will have better numbers than the 737.