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Why I Would Not Hesitate To Fly Malaysia Airlines

Ever since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine July 17, the Internet has been abuzz over the safety of the country’s flag carrier. And the timing could not have been worse, with the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 somewhere between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, still unsolved.

But studies have shown again and again that air transport is one of the safest mode of transportation.  According to statistics complied by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, MIT and UC-Berkeley, the odds of dying on a U.S. commercial jet airline is one in seven million, compared with a coast-to-coast car trip, at one in 14,000. In 100 years of commercial aviation, there have been 21,640 crashes and 136,036 fatalities, according to Switzerland’s Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives.

On any given day, there are nearly 100,000 flights taking off around the world. So the odds of any flight — let alone one on Malaysia Air — are pretty slim. So I would not hesitate to buy a ticket on the carrier tomorrow, although the airline has announced it will offer refunds to anyone holding a ticket on the carrier. Travelers have until July 24 to take the airline up on the offer.

Malaysia Airlines photo courtesy of Aero Icarus via Flickr.



Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Who The Media Should Be Calling


A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 departing from Zurich International Airport. Photo courtesy of Aero Icarus via Flickr.

I have been sitting here in Baltimore watching the ongoing general media coverage of what happened to Flight 370 with a mx of bemusement and outright horror.  My phone has been ringing off the hook and my email inbox has been bombarded with media organizations from around the globe asking me to comment on the ongoing saga.

This shows me how desperate the general media are to find  experts to theorize on what might have happened to the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers. Aviation accidents are one of the areas I don’t feel comfortable commenting on as a “media” expert. But after more than 20 years in the aviation business, there are a cadre of great aviation journalists that the general media SHOULD be calling, and I’ve listed them below. Put them on speed dial!

Jon OstrowerWall Street Journal: Before Ostrower, a Chicago-based aerospace reporter, came to the Journal, he was the air transport editor for FlightGlobal. Before that, he wrote the independent Flightblogger blog, considered the source of information on all things Boeing aircraft. He’s forgotten more than most of us know about the Seattle aircraft manufacturer.

Rob Mark, Jetwhine.com and Aviation International News:  besides being a licensed commercial pilot and the writer of the safety section of AIN, Mark has flown every current commercial aircraft from the Airbus A380 on down. He speaks regularly on aviation issues for FOX News and can do the same for you.

Christine Negroni, freelance aviation journalist: Negroni was on my original top 10 list. She’s written about aviation and safety for publications including the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Dallas Morning News and all the major television networks. She also covered aviation for CNN and wrote a book about the crash of TWA Flight 800. – See more at: http://www.aviationqueen.com/?s=speed+dial#sthash.XewmrFZz.dpuf


Graham Warwick and Guy Norris, Aviation Week and Space Technology: my former colleagues have been in the business for decades. Warwick, AvWeek’s managing editor for technology, has a strong background in aircraft engineering and design. Senior Editor Norris is a long-time, respected aerospace journalist who has written books on aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing.

Stephen Trimble, FlightGlobal: Trimble, FlightGlobal’s Americas Editor,  is one of the pre-eminent aerospace and aviation editors in the field.

Frank Jackman, Flight Safety Foundation: my former Aviation Week colleague covered the overhaul and maintenance side of aviation for more than 20 years. He is now Editor-in-Chief of AeroSafety World magazine and director of publications at the foundation. – See more at: http://www.aviationqueen.com/?s=speed+dial#sthash.XewmrFZz.dpuf

AirAsia X Becomes Second Airline To Offer No-Kid Zones

You want me to sit where??!

Back on June 28, 2011, I wrote a blog post about Malaysia Airlines’ decision to ban babies in the first class cabin of its Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 fleets. I’m a mother who’s been traveling with her daughter since said child was 10 days old and frankly, I applauded the airline’s decision.  And now fellow Malaysian carrier  AirAsia X has become the second airline to ban children — but this time in economy.

The carrier says it will reserve the first eight rows of economy class on its Airbus A330 for passengers over age 12, reports the LA Times.  The section will be designated a quiet zone, with special ambient lighting.  The good news is that travelers will not have to pay extra to sit in the special section.

While I agreed with the policy created by Malaysia Airlines, I’m not sure this effort by AirAsia X flies with me.  It’s one thing to ban screaming children from a cabin where you just paid $20,000+ for your Los Angeles-Kuala Lumpur flight.  But if you’re like me and sitting in coach with the kid, you should be able to get the seat that you want.  Something about creating an elitist atmosphere in egalitarian economy just doesn’t sit right with me.  So — do you think this move by AirAsiaX is the right one or are you like me, feeling a little hinky about it? Tell me about it!! (And yes, that is my daughter!)

Malaysia Airlines to ban babies travelling in first class? Good!!

I was taking a stroll through my Google Reader when I came upon this story in Australian Business Traveller about Malaysia Airlines deciding to ban babies in first class on their Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s.  The first thing I thought was “good for them!”

Now before you all start spamming me with hate comments, I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter.  I’ve been flying with my child since she was 10 days old.  As much as I love and adore her, I’d sit naked in first class myself (NOT a pretty picture, kids) before subjecting my little darling to other passengers who have paid thousands of dollars to fly in that rarefied air.

My last flight in first was on British Airways for a trip to London in November 2008.  A quick check of BA’s website has that seat currently going for $16,788.16. And let’s be real, people —  I would be royally pissed if I paid that much for my seat and had to listen to a screaming baby for any part of it, and so would you.

Back in 1994, I flew SAS to Stockholm for a trip to visit Saab Aircraft.   There we all were, nestled in our seats and for the first 2 hours of the flight, a couple tried in vain to hush their toddler.  After 2 hours, the SAS purser told the couple they would have to move back to economy class because of the noise.  I spoke to one of the flight attendants about the situation, and she told me that they would refund the couple’s difference in fare between first and economy.

I’ll end this by quoting from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Captain Spock: It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh…
Kirk: …the needs of the few.
Captain Spock: Or the one.

So let’s end with a poll. I’d love to hear your thoughts.