Croatia and B&H safest EX-YU airlines in latest review
A new website that lists safety and service ratings for 425 airlines around the world has rated Croatia Airlines and B&H Airlines as the best in terms of safety in the former Yugoslavia. Both airlines received the top seven star ranking for safety procedures while Adria Airways, Jat and Montenegro Airlines were awarded a five star ranking out of the possible seven. Geoffrey Thomas, AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief, says 43 airlines worldwide received very poor ratings of three stars or less. AirlineRatings.com uses international safety standard measures to assess the safety of each airline. An airline with a seven star safety rating meets and generally exceeds all international requirements that are put in place to prevent an accident happening. Furthermore, a seven star ranking indicates the airline and its country of origin have passed the most rigorous industry safety audits.
When it comes to service excellence, which is also assessed, EX-YU airlines are mostly put on an equal footing. Adria and Croatia Airlines received a four star ranking out of a possible seven while Jat was given three out of five stars. Montenegro Airlines and B&H Airlines were not assessed in this area. Only eleven airlines worldwide received a dual seven star ranking for safety and service: Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Korean Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
AirlineRatings.com is the first website to independently rate airlines on safety and onboard service product since the launch of the Skytrax website where Adria, Croatia Airlines and Jat hold an average three out of five star ranking. Skytrax, which boasts itself as the global leader in air transport research, awarded Croatia Airlines with a four star ranking in safety while Adria and Jat had to settle for three stars. B&H and Montenegro Airlines have not been reviewed.
Regardless of the rankings, no EX-YU carrier has had a serious emergency in decades. What do you make of these ratings and do you think they reflect reality? Send in a comment with your thoughts.