These are the least safe airlines in the world

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These are the least safe airlines in the world.

The safety standards of all operating airlines have come into sharp focus this week, following the death of 157 passengers and crew on board Flight ET302. The Ethiopian Airlines tragedy has had repercussions in Mzansi, as the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model which crashed on the weekend was also operating as part of Comair’s fleet.

The carrier – an SA franchise of British Airways – initially stuck to their guns and vowed to keep the aircraft in the sky. However, they performed a u-turn just hours later, grounding the model until further notice.

It’s worth mentioning that Ethiopian Airlines have a respectable safety record, and the company have lead a business revolution in the country. However, the same cannot be said for these subsequent hall-of-shamers. Thanks to data provided by airlineratings.com, we’re assessing who the most unsafe airlines in the world are.

How an airline is classed as “safe”
So to judge how safe an airline is, you have to consider the following five factors. Unless mentioned, all of these account for one star on a plane’s safety rating:

An IOSA certificate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – that’s worth three stars.
The ability to travel to and from the EU, subject to their approval.
Being “fatality free”.
It needs to be meet most or all eight of the safety criteria set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Adhering to five will get them half a star, whereas four or less means they get nothing.
If the country – rather than the airline – is allowed to fly in US airspace. For example, South African Airways has this star because South Africa has that permission. However, the same can’t be said for all Thai airliners, as Thailand doesn’t have the same allowance.
The least safe airlines in the world
If you’re travelling through Nepal at any point, you’re going to have to be very careful who you fly with. Two of their airlines – Buddha Air and Nepal Airlines – have a safety rating of just one star. Considering the maximum total is seven stars, that makes things even worse for the carriers. Both have also endured fatal crashes in recent years.

Afghanistan also doubles up on the danger: Both Kam Air and Ariana Afghan Airlines hold just a two-star rating. Although both pass the fatality-free and US airspace tests, they’re still regarded as highly unsafe.

As The National report, Kam Air suffered a major blow early last year when up to 10 employees were killed in an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental hotel. About 40 of its pilots and aircrew, many of whom were foreigners, were staying in the hotel at the time.

Airline PNG of Papua New Guinea and Blue Wings of Suriname also have a lowly two-star status. Their rating suffered a blow when both airliners saw high-profile fatal crashes further damage their reputations, in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Thailand’s NOK Air and Air Asia fleets also languish on two-star status. They are joined by Iraqi Airlines, and two more Nepalese businesses: Yeti and Himalaya Airlines may have had no deaths to report, but airlineratings.com still have them at the bottom of the pile for other various violations.

Safest airlines in the world
Okay, for nervous flyers, that couldn’t have been very enjoyable. So’s here is something a little more wholesome: The best airlines in the world have also been ranked, and they’re a veritable who’s who of the most recognisable names.

Air New Zealand
Qantas
Singapore Airlines
Emirates
Royal Jordanian
Cathay Pacific
Virgin Atlantic
Etihad Airways
Air Canada
Swiss International Airlines

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