Sunday, January 11, 2015

The World's Safest Airlines

I have been receiving some flak for saying I won't recommend flying AirAsia. If you have read my blogpost dated January 05 ("Fright Flights"), you should be just as anxious and alarmed as I am. And I have not changed my mind. 
If airlines are really committed to safety, then I would have expected them to join the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). After all, it is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.
And if you care to check out the IATA website, accident rates for IOSA carriers are 77% less when compared to non-carriers, and is therefore, recognized as a global standard as a result. But, of course, I note that IATA membership is not mandatory and non-member airlines are not obliged to register with IOSA.
Anyway, AirAsia is NOT among the 402 airlines from throughout the world, including Malaysia Airlines, registered with IOSA.
I also checked out – the world’s only safety and product rating website (which was launched in June 2013) – and it just published its top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from the 449 it monitors.’s rating system takes into account a range of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies such as the FAA and ICAO as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.
Also, it takes into consideration each airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top ten safest airlines.
Therefore, the top ten are “supposedly” always at the forefront of safety innovation and launching new planes and these airlines are a byword for excellence. (The word in italics is my emphasis).
Celtic’s match against St Johnstone was postponed on Saturday – at the former’s request. Scottish Premiership clubs are permitted to request one fixture postponement at the beginning of the season, and one in January.
On the same day too, Lazar Markovic (8) scored the only goal as Liverpool won 1-0 against Sunderland in this EPL game.


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