Taking a budget flight? AirAsia is now one of the world’s most dangerous airlines

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    Booking air tickets for you next travel? You might want to avoid airlines like AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and Jetstar Pacific, as these have been rated as some of the world’s most dangerous airlines by a AirlineRatings.com study.

    Considering that Malaysia Airlines suffered two major crashes in 2014, the airlines didn’t fare too badly. It scored a safety ranking of 5 stars out of 7 compared to the rating of 2, 3 and 3 for the AirAsia subsidiaries Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Budget carriers Tiger Airways scored a rating of 5, while Jetstar Asia got 7.

    Forty one out of the 449 airlines scored 3 stars or lower. Some Asia-based airlines scoring 3 or lower out of 7 include VietJet Air, Air India Express, Cambodia Angkor Air, Lao Airlines and Lion Airlines (Indonesia), with a rating 1 star. 

    On the other end of the spectrum, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airways, All Nippon Airways and Cathay Pacific were among the 149 airlines that scored a rating of 7 out of 7. Other airlines that achieved 7 stars include Qantas, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Gulf carriers Etihad Airways and Emirates.

    Singapore Airlines
    Singapore Airlines rated 7 out of 7 for safety

    How is the safety rating determined?

    The safety rating for each airline is based on a comprehensive analysis based on information from the world’s aviation governing body and leading association along with governments and crash data. The questions it asks are:

    1. Is the airline IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified?

    2. Is the airline on the European Union (EU) Blacklist?

    3. Has the airline maintained a fatality free record for the past 10 years?

    4.  the airline FAA (America’s Federal Aviation Administration) endorsed?

    5. Does the country of airline origin meet all 8 ICAO safety parameters?

    6. Has the airline’s fleet been grounded by the country’s governing aviation safety authority due to safety concerns?

    7. Does the airline operate only Russian built aircraft?