22 August 2007

The Ch1na Airlines CI120 Disaster

Looks like Ch1na Airlines has done it again with yet another mishap. Already ranked DEAD LAST in last year's Airlines Accidents Ratings (yes, statistically it is safer to fly Pakistan International Airlines, Garuda Indonesian or Iran Air!), it looks almost certain for them to "defend" their dubious title for another year.
Air accidents with Ch1na Airlines has been so regular, it makes me wonder if people are setting their watches according to it?

Smart thing these Ta1wanese call their national carrier, "Ch1na Airlines". Now the whole uninitiated world thinks that it's Ch1na who is screwing up big time. Clever. Really clever.

Time after time, we witness disasters from this airline and it seems almost that nobody is doing anything about it. It is always the same drill. Most likely we see the Minister of Transport stepping down from his post as a way of apology. Yeah. Like that is going to fix the plane and make them air worthy again. I fear the worst if the people of Ta1wan have accepted this as a normality. I shudder with that thought.

Yes, I have been harping about Indonesian airlines making a muck out of safety and killing lots of people along the way. But hey, this is a 3rd world country who are years behind the rest of the world. What's Ta1wan's excuse?

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1. barffie left...
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 9:21 am
Somebody on IRC was trying to convince me to get Ch1na Airlines tickets to Ta1wan since they got some discount. When I raised my doubts, he was like "Track record doesn't mean much what, SQ also got crash before..." It may not be the track record per se, but I feel it's the attitude towards the safety issues that concerns me and affect my choices lor.

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 11:45 am :: 
Barffie: There is two ways to look at this. Sure, the track record is bad. SIA isn't ranked very much higher as a result of the recent SQ006 incident. Recent incidents carries a heavier weightage in the ratings.

On the other hand, people may ask what are the chances of back-to-back disasters? It also points towards Boeing 737-800 plane types. Some say, this is the best time to whack the airline as they are desperate to retain customers. You'd be sure that the prices would be dirt cheap at this time. Look out for promotion.

One tip though. Don't eat their noodles unless you have a liking for eating rubber bands.

3. barffie left...
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 10:47 pm
Looks like the Japanese airlines are waaaay better. Haha. Not unexpected! But surprisingly Air Ch1na has a higher rating than SQ!

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 23 August 2007 1:12 pm :: 
Barffie: Well, for starters, Air Ch1na volume of flight doubles that of SQ/Silkair, so if there is an accident it will be greatly diluted statistics-wise.

Also, SQ006 incident and the Silkair alleged pilot suicide was lumped under a single carrier.

5. janedoe left...
Thursday, 23 August 2007 11:13 pm ::
All the more reason to take budget airlines when travelling short distances. LoL. But I do hafta agree with you that calling themselves Ch1na airlines is really clever, esp when they're trying to gain ground in the global economic scene as a "sovereign state". That blows. Ahaha

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