The first I heard yesterday in relation to the news of a Malaysia Airlines flight gone missing was a text from a colleague asking if I would be nervous about travelling on Malaysia Airlines ..(am due to travel with them for work in May and my husband is also flying them for a quick trip to India) so I turned to the news to learn the very sad announcement that the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing.. with approximately 239 passengers and crew on board… I can’t begin to imagine what the families must be feeling right now .. the unknown… my thoughts are with them. Accidents do happen, but when it involves an aircraft and so many people it is so brutal and heart wrenching. We all hope against hope that the outcome is a positive one…
I am not sure how I feel about flying with Malaysia Airlines right now, they have been one of my favourite airlines that I’ve travelled with. I flew Malaysia Airlines as a teenager to the US as an exchange student, and have travelled with them ever since. Their fares are competitive, even though they have recently reduced the number of destinations they fly to, especially Europe. Part of my theory is, if there has been a recent incident like this, then surely they will be reviewing all safety issues for future flights. Malaysia Airlines has until now held a very strong safety record and hope it continues.
We all love the idea of heading out on a holiday, this however often entails heading out to your closest airport to begin your journey. For most travellers this is just a part of the experience, and we accept the unavoidability of sitting up right in a confined space for a number of hours and eating aeroplane food till we get to our destination. However for a number of travellers the thought of boarding a flight fills them with terror/dread… and I come close to being one of those passengers. The bigger the aircraft the better, ie the A380 makes me happier…the tinier the aircraft the higher my anxiety level. I don’t do a massive freak out or panic attack however the nerves are there especially at take off and as a parent my anxieties are at their highest when I have to fly without my kids..the what ‘ if’ does cross my mind on every flight I take.
You only have to do a quick search on google with the words ‘fear of flying’ to see that an industry has sprung up around the issue – from therapy to tips on dealing with fears. There is now a website that will help you with planning your trip around your fears by selecting a your airlines based on their safety ratings if you so require it. However there are never any guarantees.
The Airline Ratings.com website lists the airlines in alphabetical order with a rating for safety and for product. See a sample of their ratings listed below:
- Malaysia Airlines is rated: 6/7 safety and 6.5/7 for product
- Aerolineas Argentina is rated: 7/7 for safety and 3.5/7 product
- American Airlines is rated: 7/7 safety and 4/7 product
- Air France is rated: 6/7 safety and 5.5/7 product
- British Airways is rated: 7/7 safety and 6/7 for product
- Qantas is rated 7/7 for safety & product.
Despite some terrible airlines out there and some awful tragedies, most people will continue to travel and board flights. The Frenchies will be no exception.. my heart rate may be a little higher next time I board a flight…
Have you ever flown Malaysia Airlines?