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In the wake of frequent media blows on technical malfunctions of aircraft, although rare but fatal accidents, especially the crash of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 which took the lives of 189 people in October 2018, safety of air travel has come into even a greater focus.
Nevertheless, while in the recently released Preliminary Safety Review 2018 EASA revealed that 2018 has become the worst year in terms of the number of fatalities in commercial aviation since 2015, air travel is still the safest mode of transport. Although not every airline seems to be a good choice.
AirlineRatings.com has listed 4 lowest-ranked airlines (one and two stars) for 2019:
- Ariana Afghan Airlines, the largest airline of Afghanistan
- Bluewing Airlines, the airline headquartered in Suriname
- Kam Air, the airline based in Afghanistan
- Trigana Air Service, the airline of Indonesia
Overall, the rating website evaluated 405 airlines. During the assessment process the most important factors were taken into account: audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.