Airlineratings.com is a new Australian website that ranks the globe's airlines in terms of passenger safety; right down to individual aircraft models. Those planning a cut-priced international holiday might want to check how each airline scored before booking any tickets...
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If you suffer from aerophobia, knowing that your chosen airline has an immaculate track record can go a long way to giving you peace of mind. This is where Airlineratings.com comes in; an airline review website with an emphasis on consumer safety (you can check out our previous coverage here).
Launched by Australian aviation expert Geoff Thomas, Airlineratings gives the world's airlines a safety rating out of seven based on rigorous industry safety audits. Points are also deducted for crashes involving passenger deaths.
"If an airline has a crash that involves the death of a passenger and or crew member/s the airline will automatically receive a deduction of one star giving them a lower safety rating," the website explains.
"This new rating will stay with the airline for 10 years as a crash involving fatalities carries with it a one star deduction for 10 years from the date of the incident."
There are currently around 50 airlines on the website with a score of 2 or lower — including the large-profile Lion Air in Indonesia, which has been banned from flying into the European Union due to safety concerns.
Curiously, Air France managed to score 5/7 despite the infamous Flight 447 crash that took the lives of 216 passengers in 2009.
Qantas, meanwhile, was one of the best performers with a perfect score of 7. Australia's lowest scoring airline was Tiger (including Mandala Air and SEAir) which received 4 for safety.
The website notes that it cannot guarantee that a 7-star airline will not have a crash involving fatalities, but it's safe to say that the odds are more heavily in your favour.
In addition to providing its own safety scores, the website also has a passenger review section, an individual aircraft section and a food reviews page (no word on whether airlines lose points for food-related fatalities).
You can check out the website for yourself here.