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How Safe are Asia’s Airlines?

101 East investigates if Asia’s budget airlines are sacrificing safety as competition for passengers heats up.

A fierce battle is raging in the skies of Southeast Asia.

As the region’s swelling middle classes take to air travel, airlines are waging a cut-throat war.

But in the quest for passengers, is safety being sacrificed?

A series of fatal crashes has left families demanding that someone be held accountable for the deaths of their loved ones.

From poor safety standards to inferior pilot training, this investigation reveals shocking bungles within Asian budget carriers and Indonesia’s airline regulator.

In exclusive interviews with airline insiders, 101 East reveals an industry plagued by systematic failures and blunders that are costing lives.

Although declining an interview, AirAsia did respond to some written questions. Here are their answers.

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