|Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines score high marks in latest global safety review|
Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines have been ranked as the safest carriers in the former Yugoslavia, in an annual and acclaimed global review conducted by “AirlineRatings”. Croatia Airlines scored high marks on safety for a third consecutive year, while Air Serbia improved its standing on 2015. Both carriers received six out of seven stars for their safety procedures, ahead of Adria Airways, which settled for five stars. Montenegro Airlines received a ranking of four stars. With exception to the Serbian carrier, all airlines from the former Yugoslavia held onto their 2015 scores. On the quality front, Air Serbia had the best product, scoring five out of a maximum seven stars. Adria and Croatia Airlines followed suit with four stars, while Montenegro Airlines' product ranking is still pending.
Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines fared well in safety as they both successfully underwent an IATA Operational Safety Audit, are allowed to operate within the European Union, had no fatalities in the past ten years and are endorsed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the two airlines failed to receive a perfect score as their countries did not achieve top marks in all eight of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) safety parameters. The eight ICAO audit parameters that pertain to safety are legislation, organisation, licensing, operations, airworthiness, accident investigation, air navigation service and airports. Serbia scored lower on legislation and airworthiness, while Croatia also received lower scores for legislation, as well as airports. These concerns do not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the air navigation service providers, airlines, aircraft or airports, but, rather, indicates that “the state is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO standards”, the regulatory body says. It should be noted that “AirlineRatings” scorecard for EX-YU airlines is based on ICAO's latest audits conducted between 2009 and 2011. Air Serbia improved its result on last year as its home country is now FAA endorsed. On the other hand, Adria's low score is attributed to the fact that Slovenia met only three of the eight ICAO safety parameters. The country scored below the global average in legislation, organisation, accident investigation and airports. Montenegro Airlines is not FAA endorsed and the country met four of the eight ICAO parameters. It scored below average marks on legislation, licensing and accident investigation.
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