Well we just went through pretty much the history of these Chinese airlines...
Air China and CAAC has seven incidents during the past decade... four relatively major with total aircraft lost, and three with various levels of causalties.
China Eastern has one major incident and two minor incidents.
China Souther has two major incidents and one minor incident.
China Airlines have seven major accidents plus two minor incidents.
So no need to say much about records... China Airlines is a bit weak in the safety record for sure, but Air China and its group of Chinese airlines are not impressive. Considered I have not counted airlines such as China Northern, China Northwest... I believe only Shanghai Airlines is privatized... At the same time, I will say that the Chinese airlines are catching up and there are not too many incidents within the past five years, except the memorable crash in Pusan by CA
's Boeing 767-200ER. China Airlines is very weak as I can easily recall the Nagoya, the crashed HK
landing, and the midflight explosion of its Boeing 747-200 on another TPE
However, I remain concerned how transparent airline safety record is in the PRC
, and some incidents may or may not be recorded... that is my major reservation. I remain very skeptical about news produced by the Xinhua Chinese News Agency... and also about the maintenance record. But this is just my prejudice and I will admit to it... based on the facts, Air China is pretty safe, but I am just very hesistant to say that it is the safest airline to fly. However, as China is heading the Capitalist way and CX
sent their planes to Xiamen for major maintenance, things have changed.
About counting CAAC as part of Air China's history, I think that is debatable, but the different between BOAC and BA
is that it happened only thirty to forty years ago during the late 70s, but Air China becomes separated about fifteen years ago. That is the difference...
I have my prejudice about these Mainland Chinese airlines... but I stand by my statement.