EX-YU airlines rated for safety and product
Croatia Airlines and B&H Airlines have been rated as best in terms of safety in the former Yugoslavia in 2013 for a second year running while Air Serbia’s improved product saw its rating build on 2012, thus offering the best service in the former Yugoslavia, according to AirlineRatings.com which lists safety and service ratings for 425 airlines around the world. Adria, Air Serbia and Montenegro Airlines received five out of seven stars for safety. On the other hand, both the national carriers of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina received a perfect seven out of seven score for safety standards and procedures. The two airlines fared well as they both have successfully undergone an IATA Operational Safety Audit, are allowed to operate within the European Union, have no fatalities in the past ten years, are endorsed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and both Croatia and Bosnia received top marks (eight out of eight) on the ICAO country audit. On the other hand, Adria also possesses all of the qualities as its Croatian and Bosnian counterparts but Slovenia received a four out of eight rating on the ICAO audit. Montenegro received seven out of eight on the audit but its carrier does not have the endorsement of the FAA. Similarly, Serbia received six out of eight on the ICAO audit, while its national carrier also lacks an endorsement from the FAA.
Croatia Airlines warmly welcomed the news of its safety performance, publishing the rating on its official Facebook page. For a second year in a row, Australia’s Qantas was declared the world’s safest airline while Air New Zealand was branded as the world’s best overall airline. 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 Air Serbia hold an average three out of five star ranking.
When it comes to service excellence, Air Serbia scored four out of five stars. It improved from three stars in 2012, therefore making it the best airline in the former Yugoslavia based on its product. However, at the same time, Montenegro Airlines was not assessed while B&H Airlines’ rating is pending. Adria and Croatia Airlines were scored out of seven starts, with both receiving four - three stars below their top ranking. Both airlines maintained the same score as in 2012.