Zentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5703 times:
I was wondering, how do some of you feel about traveling on airlines which might happen to be on the EU blacklist?
I'm going to South Africa soon and for part of the trip I'm debating on whether to go ahead and fly on Swazi Express Airways or just taking the bus from Durban to Manzini to Johannesburg.
Yeah, there's the whole "flying coffin" hype, but I'm also worried about flight cancellations and reliability. I can't find any statistics/reviews for the airline though. Not sure what to do, be adventurous or play it safe.
Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5683 times:
Well i wouldnt but then again i wouldnt fly on a lot of planes/airlines that havent been blacklisted. if you do i would like to see a trip report with your opinion on how the planes and pilots looked and acted.
Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5604 times:
IIRC traveling on airplanes are one of the safest modes of transportation. Yes there may be some risks, however all airlines are safe, its not everyday airplanes crash in Africa unless the news channel don't broadcast it. It would be a real adventure to fly in one of these 'blacklisted' airlines but I would love to fly them
Mayhem From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5589 times:
It's like you say, a lot less about crashing, but a whole lot more on "what if there are iregular ops"? These airlines have older planes (sometimes less maintained) and so mechanical delays can occur more often... Will this airline have enough money to pay for hotel accomodation? How long will the delay take, can they pay for there replacement parts or can they send in a new plane...
If there are more reliable airlines or definitely if you have connections to make or other plans, i wouldn't try it... but here as it's a stand alone flight... why not.
If it would really be a matter of safety, isn't that bus statistically more prone to get involved in an accident?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4453 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5515 times:
Quoting Mayhem (Reply 5): If it would really be a matter of safety, isn't that bus statistically more prone to get involved in an accident?
Exactly, and these figures differ in every country as well.
I flew on IRS in Nigeria, but the alternative would be a bus trip were carjackings and kidnaps also happen.
In Indonesia, ferries and bus rides can also be hazardous so while I might avoid Adam Air, I'd feel fine in Mandala, Garuda or Merpati to fly somewhere.
Sometimes I flew on airlines which seemed nice but only later turned out to be controversial, like PMT in Cambodia, Air Alfa, Aerolineas Internacionales, Chalks Ocean, Phuket Air, but well I am still around
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?