I've just been surfing through airlinequality.com, and despite an incomplete and messily designed website, I find their rating system and objectives interesting. There are some ratings though, that I find unusual. While they speak of a methodology, I thought I would give my 2 cents worth on how I would PERSONALLY rate airlines based purely on my IMPRESSIONS and experiences...
- These are entirely personal impressions and/or experience-based.
- I have to say that I have only flown on about 20 of the carriers below, therefore an airline's reputation/branding is what used.
- I decided to base my list on these aspects...
(1) SERVICE (2) SAFETY (3) FLEET/CABIN AMENITIES(4) REPUTATION:basically word-of-mouth and awards (5) BRANDING:living in the Asia/Pacific, airlines far away obviously have to work harder...
- I take "3 STARS" as the average/median. It would be where the bulk of airlines are, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. Therefore, the airlines I am listing are those which I FEEL are "above average". Certain airlines I've flown like Air Pacific, American and Iberia certainly do not make the cut.
*listed in alphabetical order
5 STARS (7 carriers)
Ansett Australia (International)
Cathay Pacific Airways
4.5 STARS (3 carriers)
Air New Zealand
4 STARS (10 carriers)
All Nippon Airways
South African Airways
3.5 STARS (9 carriers)
I have not included regional carriers like Crossair, SilkAir or Tyrolean (even though Wallpaper* magazine cites it as a rather nifty little airline). As for Royal Brunei and Sabena, I just couldn't decide whether to include them.
I repeat that...(1) This is NOT a scientific theory and do not mean to force this down anyone's throat. (2) This list is not exhaustive. The carriers listed are those that I feel have an above-average standard. (3) PLEASE give me your contrasting views and arguments. I really want to hear what YOUR "best airlines" are.