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Airlines You Dont Fly And Why?  
User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 509 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7832 times:

What airlines do you avoid completely because of service etc?
I avoid:

United Airlines ( terrible service, always late )

Air Canada ( terrible service, always late )

Virgin Blue ( Very rude F/A's)

British Airways ( Delayed for up to 48 hours, 19 hours at the airport alone without any apologies)

American Airlines (terrible service, always late, very rude F/A's)

Im sorry if I offended any of the staff who work for these airlines but these are from experiences I have received.

Ron Paul 2012
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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7790 times:

I avoid B6 because I am partial to Boeing. That is about it. GO CO!!!

Bethune 2004!

User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7778 times:

Air Albania - Already been to Albania once and I do not feel like going back in a while...

User currently offlineCx123 From Australia, joined May 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7765 times:

SU - Unsave and I don't like or have a need to goto Russia
AI - Smells, Dirty
Ryanair - uncomfortable

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7747 times:

Wow what a thought provoking post this is.  Yeah sure

Are these based on one bad particular flight you had Ansett? Delayed for 48 hours....and this happens everyday I'm sure  Big grin At least give a valid excuse!

User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7719 times:

I don't fly WN - why? Only because I fly every week and always more than one state away, so I have to fly out of DFW.  Sad If the Wright Amendment was gone, I might fly them every so often, but I am partial to first class for long trips  Big grin

User currently offlineAerosvit From Ukraine, joined Feb 2004, 112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7721 times:

I don't avoid anything! I would fly anything with anyone. I would fly afghan airlines...if there is such an airline...just to experience it. I once asked my parents if they would fly EgyptAir to Cairo. They of course said no way but I would. I think I should mention that I asked them that after the 767 crashed in the Atlantic...opps.  Wow! . But seriously...anything will do. I mean...I would guess all airlines are working to fly safe...they want to life also. And if we do crash, meh, guess we crash  Wink/being sarcastic

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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1224 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7715 times:

I avoid them as much as possible, but I am stil very bitter at AA.

The legal BS they pulled in court crippled Legend Airlines from Day 1, then the Premium service aboard the Fokker F100s finished them off. They destroyed a great, original product that was no threat to AA.

If AA can only survive in DFW/DAL by crippiling its competition with the Wright Ammendemnt, they don't deserve to be in business IMO. So I will make my humble protest and send my business elsewhere.

User currently offlineAirways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7706 times:

When TWA was around, that was one airline I avoided like the plague, after being delayed up to six hours.

Nowadays, I figure just about everyone is equally good/bad.

User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7670 times:

part of your name is my all time hated airline hp is a close 2nd. you know why virgin blue is bad????its because all the ansett people went to virgin blue.my 2 centavos....great thread

bus driver.......move that bus:)
User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7576 times:

Virgin Express is the only airline that I can think of that I'll never fly again!!!!! After my flight to London Heathrow was cancelled, the agents put all of the passengers on the next flight (which happened to be the last flight of the day) EXCEPT me because I was flying on a SkyMiles Award ticket and then refused to put me up in a hotel because my itinerary was booked through another airline. To add insult to injury, the agents charged me twice for my overweight luggage and then proceeded to lose two of my four bags.

When I finally got on a flight, they ran out of beverages (Virgin Cola of course!) by the time they were finished serving the sixth row - it was inexcusable!

The ONLY pleasant experience was getting a cabin attendant's phone number  Big grin Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to call  Sad

Avoid Virgin Express if you can  Big grin


[Edited 2004-05-09 05:05:14]

User currently offlineSkymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7553 times:

Any commuter flight operated by Mesa is first because of their awful delays, terrible service and rude, unprofessional employees. United used to be, but I must hand it to them that they have improved greatly.

User currently offlineCaymanair From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2004, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

American Airlines is by far the worst airline I've ever flown. I've done about 4 r/t in the last two years (i travel between 12 and 18 r/t per year) and they were rude and they lost my baggage twice. I also dont like them for their 'evil' business pactices.

User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 884 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7480 times:

China Airlines (flag carrier of Taiwan) and Korean Air - for
safety. They ave been taking measures to improve, but such impressions take a while to change. Also avoid Air China (of China) - China Southern and China Eastern as better. Otherwise, I avoid airlines and airfares that don't pad my frequent flyer accounts!

User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2426 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7444 times:


As Aerosvit said, I think every airline is worth to fly just for the experience.

Anyway, although this altruistic though, I think I would be affraid all flight long it I tried:
The first is because I do not trust in Aerocontinente, their maintenance, their origin, their financial situation, the permissions. NOTHING Really. It seriously compete for the worst airline ever.
Cubana, because of those old USSR a/c, and I even don't know if their manufacturers still exist, or Cuban embargo pays for that.

Anyway, I would fly CU a million times over Aerocontinente.

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User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

Altalia(maybe spelt right)
Lets just say a few Italians pissed me off on a flight.

Very very very very nice seats and flight deck crew but f/a said she would call the sky marshal for standing to allow family to get in during meal service. (and their 757's are in s--- condition)

Thats about it.


(GREATANSETT you didn't offend anyone I think it's like the Boeing vs. Airbus people here, they are for it or not. Great topic indeed)

"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7406 times:

Any major US carrier as the service sucks.

Virgin as there is no legroom

Koeran, China Airlines and Singapore as I just dont trust them and they have all shown how bad their cockpit crew are.

User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

I don't fly CO. I had a major problem with them back in 1981 (at the time of the TI/CO merger) and I told them "I will never fly your airline again", and they said that they could care less. I have kept my promise to them.....

Celebrating 23 years of not flying CO. I would rather walk! I will admit that I have a few freinds that are flight crew members with CO, but I still won't take CO.

I have related the story of what happened here in previous posts.

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2741 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

CO has completely changed since 1981. I don't think that you're being fair in not giving them another chance. The CO of 1981 is essentially a different airline from the CO of today.

I didn't like B6 the first time I flew them, but it doesn't mean I won't give them another chance in a year or two.

User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7327 times:

Yeah I would fly anyone and on anything....Hell if they put a set of wings on a school but and told me it would fly I would.......


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7293 times:


Actually, I know you are right. But I think the promise I made to them has taken on a life of it's own. The people involved are most likely no longer with the company, and I really should try them again sometime.
What's ironic is that I myself fly in and out of IAH all the time and you can imagine how many CO planes I encounter on the taxiways, aprons, etc.  Wow!

User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

Darned Employees Lie Through Afternoon...

Seriously, I refuse to fly Delta for one reason and only one reason: their customer service, including seemingly every single employee I have ever come in contact with (a small slice of the company, but as my mother simply goes for the cheapest fare, and that is often DL, I'm forced to fly them) is abysmal and rude...my mother can put me on Delta with her money, but if I have to spend the buck, you can bet that it'll go to United or US Airways first and second (in either order, preferably UA first, although I accrue Dividend Miles rather than Mileage Plus Miles due to US' extensive east-coast network), American after that, and then any airline that isn't Atlanta-based...

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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7127 times:

I would never fly Martin Air again. I did not like the way thier planes were set up inside, thier food sucked, their CSR's and f/a's were soooo rude to the passengers and the entertainment wass terrible. Other than that I have no problem with other airlines so far.

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User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 509 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7074 times:

Ssides Im over the fact that Ansett is not around anymore, when did I refer to Ansett? Stop making such a fuss about nothing, OH SORRY, your properly so narrow-minded that you can't help yourself.

Uadc8contrail I flew Virgin Blue 3 times before the ansett demise, properly with all the ansett staff that has come over they might of improved.

Ron Paul 2012
User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

Ryanair, Easyjet... and all carriers alike!!!

I just don´t want to support them, while in the first place they of course do hurt legacy carriers like the one I fly for and also these airlines have absolutely no class or style and I don´t want these jokes of airlines to ruin the entire airline business and famous, well-known and traditional carriers!

Okay, now someone could say, well they offer airtravel at a reasonable fare for almost everybody! That might be true, but to be honest and hopefully without sounding arrogant, I really don´t want "EVERYBODY" to fly, if you know what I mean!

I´ve heard a lot of horror stories from a good friend of mine, who until recently took Ryanair quite often and frequently about the "flair" in the cabin on Ryanair flights and certain disgusting passengers!!!
Don´t get me wrong, that does definetley not mean that a full fare pax on a legacy carrier never acts disgusting, rude or maybe even totally unacceptable, there are a lot of them out there, but I guess that on LCC´s (at least the European ones with fares like €00,01,- plus tax) it is probably more likely to happen!

Well my friend doesn´t have to take Ryanair any longer because I promised to offer him buddy-passes wherever he wants to go, in return he had to promise to never again take a LCC... lol !!!

Sorry, to all LCC Lovers and Enthusiasts or workers out there...

I just don´t want this to become the future of airtravel, and I´m trying to help to keep at least a little "class" and "style" in airtravel!

I also think that I would try to avoid certain airlines in South America, Russia and Africa because of their safety, security, training and maintenance standards.

Put me on any US, European and most Asian carriers -not Low-Cost of course ,WN would be the only LCC for me to fly (on certain routes)- and I´ll be happy to go!

Best regards,


25 Post contains images KEno : El Al. Nothing against the airline, it's just that Malaysian passports are not valid for use in Israel
26 Sprxflyswa : Due to safety and regulatory/training concerns, I personally will never travel on any Mexican or Central American airline,or any African airline. And
27 Qantasclub : Good post, although there are clearly a few people here that are bound to be offended if they don't agree with any blacklists. Stuff them, I say; thi
28 GREATANSETT : Thank you QANTASCLUB at least someone does not cry every time you bad mouth an airline.
29 744 : Any major US carrier as the service sucks. All US carriers are so BORING dull and their service is B*L*L S*I* look at third world country carriers lik
30 Post contains images GREATANSETT : 744 You got your point across well
31 744 : Thanks GREATANSETT. I think all American carriers should quit or change~
32 Post contains links and images PHXMKEflyer : View Large View MediumPhoto © Pete Hawk View Large View MediumPhoto © Pete Hawk View Large View MediumPhoto © ROY GORRIS ......need I
33 GREATANSETT : Sadly I have to agree with you 744
34 Post contains images PHXMKEflyer : 744, perhaps if the US carriers were backed by government funds like other country's carriers your opinion would differ. The fact is many nations have
35 744 : BA or Virgin aren't FLAG carriers. They are so much btter than UA, NW, DL etc. Even airlines like Gulf Air, Air-India, Qatar Airways, MEA etc are MUCH
36 GREATANSETT : QF is Australia's flag carrier it gets all government traffic, but belive me people dont want to fly on it just because its a flag carrier. If the com
37 EMBTucano : I fly anithing I can get good price on it and can take me wherever I want to go but when I can choose between 2 or more airlines for the same price, I
38 Aeroyu : Korean Air Lines & China Airlines. Simple reason - safety.
39 FRAspotter : I dont really like to fly AA mostly because of a bad experience i had this past summer. I was on a domestic flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth to College St
40 Adriaticus : I avoid flying AA whenever I have another option. Reason: Reservations, FA and counter employees are usually rude - regardless the station/country. It
41 744 : Adriaticus , I totally agree with you. It happened to me on NW, UA and AA. The WORST of all is NW. Man they have some of the RUDEST FA' s ever. I'll N
42 Pe@rson : I don´t want these jokes of airlines [easyJet, Ryanair, et al] to ruin the entire airline business and famous, well-known and traditional carriers! F
43 Tartan : I don't think I actively avoid any airlines. I have had my share of bad/delayed flights but the next time I have flown with them, they usually have re
44 VSGirl : What airlines will I not fly? EasyJet - Sorry I have seen them on TV - no customer service! Air France - I am British (well half Swedish) so I dont li
45 Uadc8contrail : VSGIRL, i was on vs200/3may.....if it were not for the fact that vs has a great i.f.e. then the flight would have been worse. i was not impressed at a
46 4jaded : My No fly list falls into two catagories Airlines that I just would never board period ie would not even allow another carrier to reroute me on , nor
47 Chinaeastern : for international routes: -KE i mean CI slould really join the list, but for obvios political reasons, i don't have the chance to fly it even if i wan
48 DeltaAgent1 : Is there a list of passengers to ALWAYS deny boarding, and never allow on one of our aircraft?[Edited 2004-05-09 17:26:30]
49 SHUPirate1 : Ssides-Let me clarify...when I fly for my business, I pay for my travel (or my employer does, depending on the agreement I make with my boss for that
50 American762 : Were it still around, I would not fly National. I try to not to base things on one experience as it doesn't reflect the airline itself as a whole but
51 Post contains images RyanAirB737 : I would not fly on United or AA after 9-11 since they are flag carriers (of course other airlines have received threats Air France, CO, BA, etc). They
52 Post contains images IslipWN : Sorry, but i would never ever fly Aeroflot. I dont like anything about it. I just dont feel safe on their aircraft, and i don't like the service. plea
53 Kjet12 : Iberia. I flew them about 3 years ago, and to this day I avoid them at all costs. On my A340 flight (ORD-MAD, MAD-ORD) the F/As smoked, the meal was a
54 Skymonster : Ryanair - irrespective of what fare you've paid, you're still a customer and should be valued as such. Ryanair has little or no respect for its custom
55 Klwright69 : This is a terrific thread. For instance: Someone won't fly AA or UA due to 9/11. Someone won't fly CO due to an experience in 1981. Someone won't fly
56 Tartan : Klwright69- get your facts right. I didn't say I wouldn't fly KLM.
57 Aviationman : I would never have a problem flying with Cubana.
58 AA777 : I wouldnt fly Olympic Airways again unless I had to...... I was in the back of an OLD OLD OLD 737-200 from ATH to RHO... the seats were dirty and brok
59 Post contains links and images DIJKKIJK : These are some Airlines I will never fly. 1.Ariana Afghanistan: Shoddy airline with planes fit for the boneyard, donated by other airlines who didn't
60 BFSUK101 : I agree with Skymonster. Has to be Ryanair, flown them twice, both on dirty, old 737-200. Unfriendly crew who actually shouted at a man for talking to
61 Bacxboys : For me its: MyTravel or as I like to call it (Why Travel)! First Choice....(last Resort)! Says it all......!!
62 Kevin752 : I would like to know why PEOPLE HAVE SUCH A HUGE RPOBLEM WITH AA????????????????? What is the big deal with is there are SOOOOO many works airlines o
63 Post contains images DIJKKIJK : "I happen to love AA more than any other US airline because I have had good experiences with them and I really like flying them" Going by your signatu
64 StarCruiser : The reason I choose a particular airline, in my case AA, is largely because of MRTC and their FF program. I collect AA, CO, DL and US mileage, but 90%
65 4jaded : Kevin752, To probably answer your question about why so many people hate AA is because they have worked so hard everyday to make people feel that way.
66 FLYSSC : I would prefer to walk than flying EasyJet or Ryannair. I never flew, and will never fly ElAl. For personal political reasons. I had very bad experien
67 Pe@rson : "EasyJet - Sorry I have seen them on TV - no customer service!" Umm... you saw 1% or less of all its annual customers, so hardly an accurate represent
68 Snnams : Pe@rson, Agree completely with what you say in ref to LCC'S. Those same "famous well known flag carriers" ripped the public off for decades. Before Ry
69 JBLUA320 : I think what it comes down to is airlines I'd rather fly. There really are not many airlines I would not fly, and the ones I have on that list are bas
70 Vingt20cent : When I was still living in Toronto, YYZ was and is still primarily serviced by AC. Admittedly, I tried to be patriotic and fly AC (keep the airline af
71 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Would ~never~ fly CI... as if I need to state a reason for that. Currently wouldnt fly KE, though possibly in the future, if they continue to improve
72 Post contains images TransIsland : No airlines that I won't fly, but I try to avoid American Airlines/Eagle and Bahamasair - both of which is rather difficult when you live in Nassau, s
73 By188b : Ryanair - What a crappy airline! reason - stroppy f/a's, poor handling of delay situations, and michael o leary comes across as a loud mouthed idiot!
74 Erj170 : SW.. don't enjoy the lineup thing.. don't enjoy the unassigned seating thing.. don't enjoy the late flight thing (and when I mean late, I mean late..
75 Warren747sp : UA for their in flight serivce. B6 for their fleet choice. CI on JFk service until 744 gets restored.
76 Post contains images Qantasboy : **NO OFFENCE MEANT** One's I would not fly AT ALL: SU (Aeroflot) : Substandard Maintenance, Rude Crew MS (EgyptAir) : Formerly UAA [so bad they change
77 Frugalqxnwa : I avoid anything that is overpriced and/or I can't get Worldperks miles on, and WN has done a good job of gettinginto that category every time I have
78 Adriaticus : Kevin752: I re-read the whole thread, and didn't see anyone refering to 9/11 as a reason for disliking AA (the most frequently-cited airline, by the w
79 ND : 744, Funny you say "all American Airlines" suck when CO ranked above a lot of international carriers... But who am I kidding? By the absolute statemen
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