It has been reported in the Malaysian Digest that according to the Australian based AirlineRating.com, MAS has five out of seven stars and AirAsia has two or three stars.
The recent crashed of the AirAsia flight QZ8051 is a proof of the low rating because AirAsia did not adhere to Rules and Regulations of the Indonesian Ministry of Transport. Aviation Rules and Regulations are part of safety standards, which must be strictly adhered to by all airlines, including AirAsia.
The Indonesian Transport Ministry had said that it only approved AirAsia to fly from Surabaya to Singapore four day a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, HERE.
However, AirAsia’s CEO Tony Fernandez proudly confirmed that AirAsia had approval to fly from Surabaya to Singapore seven day a week, HERE.
Many thought that the CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandez, was telling the truth because he was so smooth and full of confidence in the press conference. But the smoothness and confidence were short-lived.
A few days after the above statement of Tony Fernandez, AirAsia Indonesian director, Sunu Widyatnoko, has admitted during the hearing before Commission V of the Indonesian House of Representatives that AirAsia had committed “ADMINISTRATIVE NEGLIGENCE”. AirAsia flight QZ8501 flew on Sunday (28 December 2014), which was not authorised to fly on Sunday, HERE.
Below is the Malaysian Digest report:
MalaysianDigest.com report on 15-1-2015: Given the widespread negative publicity received by Malaysian Airlines last year for tragic aviation disasters as well as financial problems resulting it being taken private by Khazanah Nasional, many would have expected the airline to score lower in global safety perception.
However, AirlineRatings.com, an Australian based airline industry website focusing on safety and product ratings reviews covering over 435 airlines around the world had published its latest safety ratings, which saw Malaysian Airlines scoring 5 out of the total seven stars, with seven being the highest ranking.
This proves that MAS has strong industry support and a loyal following despite its year-long run of unforseen bad publicity, further reaffirming the importance of restructuring and revitalizing Malaysia’s flagship aviation carrier as it is a national asset worth saving with a strong global brand identity.
It is also worth noting that MAS has wasted no time to get its operations back on track by kicking off 2015 with its ‘2015 Specials’ launched yesterday. The promotion offers unbelievable deals for long haul round trips to places like Paris, Istanbul and Sydney as well as huge discounts on round trip domestic ticket prices.
Many netizens are equally undeterred by the bad publicity and proceeded to check out MAS best offers promotion as ‘MAS low fares’ quickly became one of the top three trending searches on google overnight.
However, Malaysia’s other prominent airline company, AirAsia, scored lower in the safety rankings with its Indonesian, Malaysian and Phillipines subsidiaries scoring two, and three stars respectively.
According to the site, the rating system takes into account audits from aviation’s governing bodies, lead associations as well as the airlines own safety data and the site provides a safety rating breakdown for each airline so you can see exactly how they rate.