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Favourite and less favourite airlines

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Favourite and less favourite airlines

Well TA friends, another open question.

Which one is the best airline? And the worst? Why ? Any stories?

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1. Re: Favourite and less favourite airlines

The problem with "favourite" airline is it's horses for courses, and even airlines that I really like have let me down sometimes. So here's a list

US carrier - Continental

European carrier within Europe - BA

European carrier outside Europe - Air France (over BA because it has a better Frequent Flier programme)

Asian carrier - Most of them are great, but Singapore or Cathay if I have the choice, although Malaysian is good and often has good fares.

African carrier - South African, although Kenyan can be pretty good.

Low cost carrier US - Jetblue, nothing comes close.

Low cost carrier Europe - Air Berlin, again nothing comes close.

Those are the best of the airlines i have experienced in the past 5 years or so.

Worst carrier - Ryanair, simply for their lack of customer service (and I don't mean "frills" I mean what you expect from an airline, to get you from A to B and to respond in an appropriate manner when they are not able to fulfil that obligation no matter how little - or in a lot of cases how much - you paid for your ticket).

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Best airline - Singapore Airlines.........

Worst - Monarch, utter garbage.........

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Agree, with above post monarch, HORRIBLE .

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Best Singapore.

Worst Novair..disguised as Cubana,when you think you've paid to fly scheduled on them,as this is the low cost airline they charter...absolutely apalling...would rather walk...!

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Best- We've had good experiences with: Virgin , B.A, American Airlines and Continental.

Worst- Northwest, We would never use them again.

All of these flights were uk to Usa, we are going to use United for the first time in October!

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Agree - it's hard to have one best and worst. Actually worst is easy cos one was head and shoulders over any other airline - Malaysian, hands down. They may have a good reputation but I found them to be the worst airline I've ever flown, hands down.


US - American

Budget - Southwest (how Ryanair can claim to base themselves on SW I don't know. Mind you I haven't flown Jetblue yet, have to wait til next month for that)

Intra-Europe - Air France

Asian - Eva

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From my experience -

Best - BA, BWIA, Kenyan, Caribbean Star

Worst - American, Air Malawi, Cubana, Air france

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Best - Singapore Airlines ...... Classy even for economy

Worst - Turkish Airlines, ....... crappy even for 1st class.

Oh ! and don't forget Garuda ..... now that is a wing and a prayer ! Indonesian !

Might try Pakistan Airlines soon, at least I'd know exactly what to expect with them. Nothing, so I would not be disapointed.


How do TAP rate ?

Anyone tried any chinese airlines ? Don't mean the likes of Cathy, I mean real ones based in mainland China.

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Hi Robelyn

Rating Air Portugal TAP :

Well, in most things not very different from other European airline – recent planes with good maintenance ( in fact it's rated one of the best in maintenance ), service on board reasonably efficient, snacks and food like others (except for the great Portuguese wines…) – all in all pretty much a typical West Europe airline, nothing special to complaint, except… one thing – delays in flights. And in that particular subject, at least in my experience, they have been top number one. Surprisingly I’ve done much more flights in other airlines - mainly Air France, British Airways, Alitalia and Lufthansa - and I never had a flight delayed ( was it just luck ? ). This year however I’ve done 6 flights with TAP and… they were ALL delayed !!! One more than 3 hours… So, what can I say in that matter (sigh )

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Best experiences : KLM, Aero Mexico, China Eastern, Air Mauritius, British Airways ...

So-so experiences: South African Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Dragon Air, Thai Air, Deutsche BA, Air Portugal ...

Worst experiences : Air Malawi, Air Zimbabwe, China Northern Airlines ...