In the latest safety survey by airlineratings.com, Indonesian airlines share the lowest ranking with Nepali and Surinamese airlines by getting awarded just one out of a total of seven stars.
Out of the 10 airlines the website awarded a one-star safety rating (the worst rating possible), 9 of them operate in Indonesia. They are (in alphabetical order):
1. Batik Air
2. Bluewing Airlines
4. Kal-Star Aviation
5. Lion Air
6. Sriwijaya Air
8. Trigana Air Service
9. Wings Air
10. Xpress Air
Only Bluewing Airlines does not fly in Indonesia. Three of the above – Batik Air, Lion Air, and Wings Air – all belong to the Lion Group. Citilink operates under Garuda Indonesia while a couple others, like Trigana and Xpress, mainly fly to the eastern parts of Indonesia, quoted from jakarta.coconuts.co.
A number of fatal incidents occured in 2015, including the crashes of an Air Force Hercules C-130 in Medan in June, of an ATR 42-300 Trigana Air in Papua in August and of an Aviastar DHC-6-300 in October. Previously, AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore crashed in December 2014.
Among all flag carrier airlines in Southeast Asia, Indonesia also lags behind with just three stars for safety, while other countries got from four to the maximum seven stars.
On the list from lowest to highest is Garuda Indonesia (three stars), Lao Airlines (four stars), Thai Airways International (four stars), Malaysia Airlines (five stars), Philippine Airlines (six stars), Myanmar Airways International (six stars), Royal Brunei (six stars), Vietnam Airlines (five stars) and Singapore Airlines (seven stars) .
The survey shows that even though a carrier is low-cost that does not always mean it offers less safety because some low-cost carriers earned seven-star ratings. The 10 safest low-cost carriers in the world are Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, TUI Fly, Virgin America, Volaris and Westjet.
In its latest release, Airline Ratings said that unlike a number of other low-cost carriers, these airlines all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.
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Source: thejakartapost.com / Author: Anton Hermansyah