New rating site airlineratings.com has announced its scores for 425 carriers around the world. Airlines were given a mark out of seven for product, as well as a rating out of seven stars for safety.
Virgin Atlantic was the only UK airline to be awarded a perfect score, scoring seven out of seven for both product and saftey on its flights to the USA. British Airways and BMI Regional received just six out of seven stars and four out of seven for product, respectively. However, the two UK airlines did manage to achieve top safety ratings.
Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair ended up with exactly the same rating, each being awarded five stars for safety and 2.5 out of a maximum of five stars for product. The airlines were ranked using a five star system as only full service airlines could achieve a maximum of seven.
Just 11 airlines managed to bag a seven star rating for both safety and product. Those airlines were Asiana Airlines, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air from Taiwan, Korean Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and the aforementioned Virgin Atlantic.
The new rating site was developed by Australian author and aviation editor Geoffrey Thomas, along with a team of other aviation editors. Thomas has been vague about how the team ranked the airlines, claiming him and his team “forensically” researched the 425 airlines over the past two years.
Thomas has not explained the criteria used to judge the product but has explained how a rating was decided for safety. The safety rating system looked at various factors including audits collected from government bodies and lead associations, as well as government fatality records.