[原创]彭博社:mh370和mh17后 还要坐马航的飞机?

Why I'm Flying Malaysia Airlines




Gimme a ticket.Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg


Jul 25, 2014 2:58PM EDT

By Adam Minter (作者:亚当明特)

How grim can it get for MalaysiaAirlines? Earlier this week the carrier announced that it’s offeringno-questions-asked refunds or postponements on all tickets valid for travel in2014 -- including previously non-refundable tickets. It’s a generous offer, andone that the airline no doubt expected many passengers to accept in the numbaftermath of its serial air disasters -- Flights MH370 and MH17. Indeed, of the680 total air fatalities so far in 2014 -- another large crash and this will bethe worst year for fatalities since 2005, accordingto Bloomberg News -- an astonishing 537 resulted from the ill-fatedMalaysia Airlines flights. Who, at thispoint, wants to fly that airline?


I do.


In fact, I regularly fly MalaysiaAirlines and have two reservations on the carrier (one actually on asubsidiary) for later this year. With apologies to friends and family whoregularly send me notes such as, “You don’t need to fly Malaysia,” (and to thepublisher who wrote “no Malaysia Air” on notes regarding a future book tour), Ihave no more intention of canceling those reservations than of canceling myreservations on Delta and American for next week. The reason isstraightforward: Air travel remains thesafest means of getting from point A to point B. (Moreover, prior to thisyear’s accidents, Malaysia Airlines had a stellar safety record.) It’s a pointthat Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive officer of theInternational Air Transport Association, made in astatement this week:


Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land withoutincident. In 2013 more than three billion people flew and there were 210fatalities. Regrettably, we have surpassed that number already this year. Buteven so, getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that onecan do.


Of course, that doesn’t minimizethe tragic loss of life this week in Ukraine,Maliand Taiwan.There is grief to bear, mourning to be done and failures to be investigated --to prevent similar accidents in the future. But even as causes and blame areassessed, it’s important to keep in perspective the stunning safety record thatglobal air travel has achieved overmany decades.


According to the InternationalCivil Aviation Organization’s most recent reporton global air safety, the global air accident rate declined 13 percent from2012 to 2013, from 3.2 accidents per million departures to 2.8 accidents permillion departures. In real terms, that’s a decline from 99 fatalities in 388accidents, to 90 fatalities in 173 accidents. In2005, by comparison, there were 119 accidents with 825 fatalities (and in1985 there were more than 2,000 air crash deaths resulting from dozensof accidents). It’s also worth noting that the last decade’s decline took placeduring a period of “historicgrowth rates” for passenger traffic, globally.


This has been an exceptionally badweek for flying. Nevertheless, accordingto Malaysia Airlines, neither the fatalities nor its generous refund policyhas resulted in a surge in requests for refunds. For airlines and civilaviation authorities around the world, that’s a deserved vote of confidence.The skies remain safe.



RobertRaborn • 2 days ago

Why I'm Flying Malaysia Airlineswww.yiqing001.com/archives/154

I bow to you for you are a braver man than I.......good luck with that!



FartolioFatso • 3 days ago

Why I DON'T fly on othercountries' commercial airliners?

Because I know on top of HIGHESTquality-trained folks who fly/supporting the airplane, my Government has 10nuclear aircraft carrier battle groups and more than 120 nuclear attacksubmarines floating around to protect "American" Brands.



billybobasia • 3 days ago

I too am a regular MAS flyer andhave never had a problem. Service levels and the planes are decent, food not somuch, but at current prices it is more comparable to Air Asia than anythingelse, so represents good value. I've just booked another 2 regional trips thissummer on MAS, with no hesitation...


perlaandrews • 3 days ago

because lightning does not striketwice in the same place; I mean three times, I hope


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