It’s well-known that Thailand’s airlines have frequent issues, and a new rating report has confirmed that four Thai airlines rank among the lowest in the world, in terms of safety.
The website AirlineRatings.com has released their annual survey that awarded 407 airlines around the world with star ratings, from one to seven. A one-star rating is the lowest and a seven-star rating is the highest. The airlines are rated based on a slew of factors related to safety.
148 airlines won the coveted seven-star rating and Australian carrier Qantas was named the safest airline in the world for the third year running.
However, 50 didn’t do so well and earned three stars or less.
In Thailand, Nok Air got a two-star rating, the lowest of all the Thai carriers. AirAsia Thailand, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airlines did only slightly better with three stars each.
Thai Airways (and their subsidiary Thai Smile) and Thai Lion were the Thai “winners” with just four out of seven stars.
The stars are given out based on many factors that include crash records, safe landings, certifications, inclusion on international aviation blacklists and more.