Point taken. However, I do have a rebuttal . You are quite correct that most accidents in the 2nd/3rd world are much simpler to define; i.e. clearly bad maintenance, pilot training, crazy decisions, etc. (ps, I am obviously not an industry analyst, so its my opinion). However, it seems that in the U.S. the accidents, freak ones notwithstanding, are usually caused by much more subsurface reasons. Large American companies have been fine tuning their cost/benefit analysis' for years, and so have Boeing/Airbus and the insurance companies. While some random Russian company may never even write a maintenace log, Alaska Airlines forges them and then tries to cover it up. When the tail falls of an American Airlines A300 and it comes out that it had fallen on its tail after manufacture, they divert attention to wake turbulence. When it comes out that a Swissair MD
-11's entertainment wiring is faulty because they used a shoddy subcontractor; the Russian just say, see! we knew it was a bad idea to include any entertainment on our planes at all (aside from the other passengers). Not to mention that the US airlines and airports have been fighting to have decent security for years. Obviously, it is statistically safer to fly on NW
/UA/AA/B6, etc.,etc, than on some random Congolese airline. For the Russian ones, I am not sure, I don't believe S7
or KrasAir have ever had a crash. Aeroflot has had loads of them, but none recently, but they are a special case. Anyway, I wasn't trying to insult anyone, just state a point....
I'm sorry to go off on you so hard. I could of been A LOT nicer and made the same point.....And you are right, Alaska did try to cover up some things - as did Valuejet....
As for Aeroflot, they are reputed to be among the best of the Russian airlines currently. However, I don't really know where this reputation comes from. It could be they have just made a lot of progress in the last seven or eight years. Most of the post-soviet airlines are small and havn't been arround as long - so are harder to judge with statistics. I guess the most meaningful comparison would be to compare the overall record of Russian scheduled carriers with that of Alaska, Canada, and Scandanavia, which operate in similar regions.
I would still fly on most Russian airlines, because although they may not be as good as US airlines, they are still better than ground transport or flying general aviation.