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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Can someone tell me why there always seem to be more passenger reviews about BA than other airlines ?

Take June.

So far there are 66 reviews for BA and only 30 for LH.

Now considering LH is much bigger than BA isn't this a bit strange ?

For Air France there are only 16.

16 !!

Is Skytrax rigged ?

[Edited 2012-06-29 08:42:14]


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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3594 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Yes, the Skytrax ratings are rigged....the "stars" are for sale.

You should also expect that an English speaking website would also have more reviews of airlines that have English as their primary language.


User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Thread starter):
Is Skytrax rigged ?

lol I thought this was already established here on A.net! As to why BA has so many reviews, your guess is as good as mine.



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 2):
As to why BA has so many reviews, your guess is as good as mine.

??

I just don't buy that only 30 people wrote a usable review about LH in June compared to 66 for BA ?

Not unless 50 % of LH's customers are illiterate ?

Absurd I know which leads me to believe they are far more selective in which reviews they print for some airlines than they are for others ?



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 3):
Not unless 50 % of LH's customers are illiterate ?

I'd imagine that more than 50% of LH's customers don't have English as their first language.

I'm sure you'll find more LH reviews than BA on a German language review site.



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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

And here the Skytrax debate begins again..

As to the reviews, Lufthansa isn't that much bigger than BA to be honest (not counting Lufthansa group) and as mentioned above English wouldn't be the first language of many that travel LH.

Its not something that would strike me as being rigged, I just think its a fact BA has a few more reviews than LH. Nothing more to it IMO.


User currently offlinetoobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 4):
I'd imagine that more than 50% of LH's customers don't have English as their first language.

Well, maybe not as their first language...but i can guarantee you that most Germans speak very good english and would not be put off by an English based website. I dont have much faith in Skytrax...


User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3594 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Quoting toobz (Reply 6):

Most younger Germans.

I spend a lot of time here is Germany, and a lot of the Germans over 50 have very little fluency in English...and many of the émigrés to Germany also have little or no English proficiency. I don't speak German, so I am acutely aware of the average German's fluency in day to day circumstances.

Even of the Germans who are fluent in English, many or even most will not want to bother with an English website when there are German language sites that can provide them with the desired information. They aren't put off by an English website...it is just easier and more comfortable for them to use a German language site.


User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Quoting toobz (Reply 6):
Well, maybe not as their first language...but i can guarantee you that most Germans speak very good english and would not be put off by an English based website. I dont have much faith in Skytrax...

I agree, many speak good English. I speak good English too, but if there is a Hindi alternative, I tend to use that instead...

Having faith in SkyTrax is a completely different issue - you'd be hard pressed to find someone on A.net who actually pays attention to SkyTrax (apart from Mikey72 it seems).



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 5):
As to the reviews, Lufthansa isn't that much bigger than BA to be honest (not counting Lufthansa group) and as mentioned above English wouldn't be the first language of many that travel LH.
Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 4):
I'd imagine that more than 50% of LH's customers don't have English as their first language.
Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 7):
I spend a lot of time here is Germany, and a lot of the Germans over 50 have very little fluency in English

Oh come on. These are big international carriers and anyway wouldn't that put the English speaking airlines at a huge disadvantage considering what a widely used site Skytrax is ?

One more thing....

What sort of web site publishes a LH review from an economy passenger that recommends the airline after a flight on an old 747-400 with no inflight entertainment and at the same time publishes a BA review from an economy passenger that doesn't recommend the airline after a flight on brand new 777-300 ?

Both airlines scored well for cabin service by the way in these two particular reviews.

English/German whatever.....now that is selective. The person gave BA high points for everything but decided to just not recommend them anyway ?? And Skytrax chose to publish it !

Where do they get these people for the BA reviews ? Lol



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 8):
Having faith in SkyTrax is a completely different issue - you'd be hard pressed to find someone on A.net who actually pays attention to SkyTrax (apart from Mikey72 it seems).

I most certainly do not.

It's just so blatant that you'd think it would be illegal ?



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 9):

What sort of web site publishes a LH review from an economy passenger that recommends the airline after a flight on an old 747-400 with no inflight entertainment and at the same time publishes a BA review from an economy passenger that doesn't recommend the airline after a flight on brand new 777-300 ?

Ohhh. Now I understand.

The reviews criticize BA, but praise LH, so therefore they must be fixed? Am I following your reasoning correctly?

[Edited 2012-06-29 09:54:01]


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User currently offlineshankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Enjoy skytrax for what it is....a forum for angry air travellers. The stars, ratings are meaningless

I log on every now and then and check out the reviews for Ryanair, Cubana and the odd obscure airline just to cheer myself up ! Some of the entries are very funny.



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User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined exactly 4 years ago today! , 961 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 1):
Yes, the Skytrax ratings are rigged....the "stars" are for sale.

Heard that often here, but I've never seen anyone given any facts.
Skytrax is largest site of it's kind and most read I suppose. It's hard to believe airlines could buy stars in secret, without anything leaking out and ruining the business.

[Edited 2012-06-29 10:25:11]

User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Quoting aeroblogger (Reply 11):
The reviews criticize BA, but praise LH, so therefore they must be fixed? Am I following your reasoning correctly?

No...lol....I knew that one was coming...both BA and LH rate overall about the same.

But if one airline is under scrutiny twice, thrice or even four times as much as its competitors ?

There is just no explanation for it ?

13 reviews for KL and 66 for BA in the same month ?

KL and AF 'combined' equal only 29 compared to 66 for BA.

Air France-KLM is Europe's largest airline.

???



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User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 566 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

Quoting shankly (Reply 12):
I log on every now and then and check out the reviews for Ryanair, Cubana and the odd obscure airline just to cheer myself up ! Some of the entries are very funny.

Spot on !!! I do not read any positive reviews but only have a good laugh at some of the negative reviews.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineLAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Since Skytrax is based in the UK it makes much more sense, that BA gets featured prominently and other European airlines less so. You also have a lot of reviews on Emirates, Etihad etc. as many British travellers use them as well.

You need to read the reviews with a pinch of salt. Some of them are interesting whereas others are just a waste of time. Also I would not believe the star rankings as they are very subjective and often make no sense.


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