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January 11, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Any misgivings about tan airline that you or clients are flying on may disappear with the use of a handy new tool, claimed to be the world’s first means of instantly comparing country and airline safety. is behind it, having launched it as part of its new website.

The safety rating can be accessed here:

First-time travelers can easily select airlines to compare from the 408 that the site rates, or select a country and compare all its airlines.

Those airlines account for approximately 97% of the world travel.

The safety rating system has been constructed by bringing together recognized and approved industry and country audits of the airlines themselves and the country’s regulators. The system was created in 2013 and developed with assistance from the International Civil Aviation Organization based in Montreal, Canada in 2014.

Various audits cover several thousand different critical criteria. One of them, the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which has 1067 different criteria, has dramatically reduced the number of accidents.

Over the past five years the accident rate for IOSA members has been between two and three times better than non-IOSA airlines.

The rating system also includes the EU Blacklist and FAA assessment of airlines. The EU blacklist includes quite a few airlines in Africa and in Indonesia, as well as some in a few other countries and regions.

The other major audit is the ICAO country audit which looks at eight different areas of industry oversight of its airlines and the systems that they use such as air traffic control and airports. does not include “incidents” in its rating system, as agreed with ICAO, because not all countries report them and incidents happen to all airlines every day. Most are minor in nature but it is the way pilots handle an incident that is critical.

Passengers just need to type in the country they are going to visit and all its airlines are displayed for comparison.

Alternatively, they may select a number of airlines from the alphabetical listing and compare ahead of making their booking.

Edited by Peter Needham

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