After major aviation disasters there are often concerns and fears whether the affected equipment models are inherently flawed. So I thought I would look up some hard statistical facts about the A320 series. Fortunately, both Boeing and Airbus publish excellent annual summaries with cumulative stats for all aircraft in commercial passenger service. Their data are identical, though I slightly preferred Boeing's format. Here's the latest available chart for cumulative crash stats by aircraft type: The stat of a particular interest would be the cumulative number of fatal crashes per million departures. For the whole A318-321 series, that number is 0.14 through the end of 2013. When that number is updated with the departures and one more fatal crash since then, it might be slightly higher. The applicable average for that statistic is quoted at 0.28. So by that measure the A318-321 series is considerably safer than average. The corresponding number for the main competitor in that category - B737/600-900 - is quoted to be 0.11. Interestingly in another comparable aircraft series (A330 vs B767), Boeing ranks safer as well. Both are extremely competent, but perhaps Boeing's longer experience in business makes a difference. Some experts also cite as a negative the excessive reliance by Airbus on automation. Some of their models were even marketed as "idiot pilot-proof". It would be interesting to find out if Airbus has more customers in regions where pilot training or safety regulations are lacking.