What do you guys think? Are you surprised by any of the above scores?
don't surprise me considering the amount of aircraft the Airline and their subsideries operate,
Notice that he said "The fatal event rate for a set of fatal events is found by dividing the total FLE by the number of flights in millions."
This means the size on an airline is accounted for.
Since fatal events are so rare in airline travel, however, a single event can really skew the results. That is why airtran's is so high - it accounts for the Valuejet crash some time ago. Since Airtran does not fly nearly as many flights as AA
, this makes for a higher figure.
If there were a dozen or so fatal events per year per major airline, maybe we would have enough incidents to draw conclusions. Since the number of fatal events even for a whole year is not statistically significant, we cannot really know how "safe" any given airline is.
That being said, a while back Korean Air had a pretty bad reputation. In fact, it was bad enough for the US defense department to prohibit their personel from flying on the airline. Their record also scared their codeshare partners (Delta I believe was one of them, I could be wrong). Their partners sent some experienced pilots and mechanics to teach Korean Air how to do things better, and their record improved.