✈️ Which obscure regional airlines are safe to fly?
January 27th, 2023
Estimated read time: 4 minutes and 27 seconds
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✈️ Reader Question: How to evaluate airline safety
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✈️ Reader Question: How do you know if an airline is safe to fly with?
As you may know, I fly on lots of planes. It’s kind of my thing.
Many of the airlines I fly are obscure, minor, lesser-known airlines that some people might question flying if they were in my shoes.
I’ve had a few people reach out and ask if it’s safe to fly regional African airlines that operate small prop planes.
And the answer is: Yes. Very. Just because an airline is smaller, uses older planes, and has more... *interesting* safety materials doesn't mean they're not safe to fly.
And I’ll explain how I know this and how you can evaluate airlines like this for yourself.
FYI that image is a joke, not an actual airline safety card... although that'd be hilarious.
Every country has its own standards for maintaining aircraft safety, operations, management, training, oversight, and more. But some international organizations conduct audits of countries and their airlines to determine if they reach standards set by governing bodies in the U.S. and the EU, for example.
Here are a few resources if you want to dive deeper:
The International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and gives countries a binary rating of either 1 (the country’s aviation standards are on par with those of the U.S.) or 2 (the country’s standards are NOT on par with those of the U.S.).
I'm kidding. It's painfully boring... but if you want to learn about airline safety, it exists.
As you might imagine, these standards are relatively high, and the audits conducted to determine these results are likely pretty rigorous. If the FAA deems a country’s aviation standards to be acceptable, you shouldn’t hesitate to hop on a plane in said country.
The EU also publishes a list of specific airlines that are banned from flying and/or operating in the EU. This gets a little more granular since it evaluates specific airlines as opposed to the country as a whole.
Generally speaking, if the EU doesn’t think an airline is safe enough to fly in their airspace, I wouldn’t get on a plane with that airline.
If you want to avoid all of this technical aviation garbage and just get a quick overview, it’s very simple to Google an airline’s history of incidents. The fastest way is to simply look at Wikipedia. Of course, you’ll want to take this info with a grain of salt, but it will at least give you an idea of what the airline is like.
I’m usually pretty comfortable getting on a plane with just about any airline. But when I question things, these are the resources and processes I go through to make a final decision.
Hopefully, this will help you feel more comfortable doing the same.
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That's gonna finish off the week, folks.
Do you consider an airline's safety record before flying with them? Would you stay one night in a hotel in exchange for a year of elite status?Let me know by replying to this email or reaching out on social media.