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Best and Worst Airlines Revealed

Jul 23, 2008
Safety records and levels of service vary tremendously, from airline to airline. According to Skytrax, the best airlines in the world (with 5 star ratings) are as follows:

1.Asiana Airlines, 2.Cathay Pacific Airways, 3.Kingfisher Airlines, 4.Malaysia Airlines, 5.Qatar Airways, 6.Singapore Airlines.

The five stars ranking recognizes airlines at the forefront of product and service achievement according to Skytrax - airlines that generally set trends to be followed by other carriers.

Other airlines in the world are given ratings from zero stars to four stars, depending on a broad criteria that examines more than 800 different areas of product and service delivery for each airline, for both ground and onboard operations.

But what about the worst airlines in the world? What about airlines with the worst safety record in the world? For this we have to go to other sources of information.

Deciding which airlines have the worst safety records is much more difficult than judging the level of service offered by major airlines. This is because some less well-known airlines are difficult to compare with major airlines, given the routes, the service, the number of flights, etc.

But when accident records are analysed, it is possible to produce a list of showing the worst airlines in the world. Here are the top ten worst airlines in terms of accident ratings, with the worst shown as number one:

1.Cubana Airline, accident rating 5.74. 2.China Airlines, accident rating 3.57. 3.Avianca Colombian Airline, accident rating 3.15 4.TAM Airline, accident rating 2.76. 5.Korean Air, accident rating 2.26. 6.Egypt Air, accident rating 2.06. 7.Indian Air Lines, accident rating 1.94. 8.Taesa Airlines, accident rating 1.83. 9.China Soutwest Airlines, accident rating 1.74. 10.Aeromexico, accident rating 1.55.

This list of worst airlines was compiled by "Airline Accident Ratings" by looking at a twenty-year period from 1981 to 2000. This is the latest data available, and the ratings are based on number of flights, number of airline accidents, and the fatality rate of those accidents. Naturally, this information cannot and should not be used to provide an accurate assessment of an airline safety-rating or future risk of an airline calamity. Also, the list does not "favour" or condemn any particular airline, and a lot can change in the period 2000 - 2008.

However, it is clear that some airlines have a very poor safety record and it is only right to bring this to the attention of the public.

When examining the safety records of airlines, you are hit with the fact that most causes of fatal airline accidents are due to pilot error. Figures compiled over a fifty year period by "Plane Crash Info" show that pilot error accounts for at least 53% of all fatal airline accidents!

The average figures for airline pilot error have remained pretty constant since the 1950?s, showing that modern technology is not helping to reduce the incidence of pilot error.
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