Safety Of Airlines You’ve Never Heard Of

After the crash of the One-Two-Go Airline plane last week in Thailand, a lot of people have asked me whether these little and discount foreign airlines around the world are safe and if I flew them. My answer is always an emphatic, of course I do. It’s very seldom that airlines crash and the likelihood is slim to none that it actually occurs. Understandably, people get scared and nervous when they read about scores of people being killed in a crash but in truth it rarely happens. It happens just as often to major US carriers as it does to small and discount airlines around the world which is hardly ever.

Most countries now have their own national flagship airline, even the smallest and the poorest countries. A lot of countries, especially those that are tourist havens, like Thailand for instance, have a number of these discounters that have made air travel very cheap and overall travel time has been cut to a fraction of the time. In Europe, they live by these discounters and they are starting to really compete in Asia, Australia and they are even creeping into the United States-albeit not even close to as cheap as in Europe.

A lot of times, these airlines have stupid names or they are named after Internet sites or even businesses and that can scare people into thinking they are not reputable. While they don’t have the history of some of the major International Airlines, they are very safe and subject to the same standards as the major carriers in that country or countries.

The recent crash was very unfortunate and the plane probably never should have attempted to land in that horrible storm it tried to land in. It made International headlines because the plane was going from Bangkok to Phuket with scores of International tourists including 4 Americans. Had the plane been in Africa, like the crash in Nigeria earlier this year, it wouldn’t have made headlines but with those two and the crash in Sao Paolo, Brazil earlier this summer; that is only three crashes this year out of millions of flights over the course of the year around the world.

While three is still too many and if you lost someone in a crash then it is especially horrible, compared to car crashes in a percentage comparison or certainly by the actual number of people that have died-it’s not even close. Air travel is way safer than car or even bus travel.

Some years there have been no plane crashes. Security and training around the world has increased and older model planes have been replaced. A lot of foreign airlines have been bought by large multi-national conglomerates and they operate with a lot higher standard of quality, especially in Africa and the less developed countries.

As a frequent flyer all over the world, I have flown on nearly 100 different ailines-half of which I can’t even remember the names of because they were in another language or they were such small companies and planes that you want to forget them. However, air travel is essential to getting around and I will never stop using planes to save time and get places faster. The discount rage in Europe, Asia and Australia is amazing and a blessing for all travelers out there. People shouldn’t be wary of them in particular-they are just as likely to be safe and have issues as anything back home.

Comments

  1. I will not fly on airlines I’ve never heard of no matter where they are

  2. I flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, it was a fine flight except there was no air on the plane and it was easily over 100 degrees for the 45 minute flight.

  3. Air Asia is excellent and nearly free around Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

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