MAS, Ethiopian Airlines and Egyptair have been listed as more reliable than Qantas in a compilation purporting to present the world’s 22 most reliable airlines.
Qantas was placed at 18th on the list, one notch above Aeroflot. Three mainland Chinese carriers are included in the top 10, as well as Cathay Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
The list was compiled by travel site Wanderbat.com, which says that although people have different priorities when it comes to choosing an airline, the compilers “decided to just focus on the numbers”.
“We weighed three different attributes in order to form a Smart Rating that we used to rank each airline,” Wanderbat said.
The ratings were:
- On-Time Performance – How frequently flights are on time, delayed and cancelled.
- Checked Baggage Cost – The number of bags you get to check for free, as well as the cost of checking additional bags after your free allotment.
- Fleet – The average age of a fleet (newer fleets tend to be more comfortable, clean and quiet).
For airlines with the same Smart Rating, Wanderbat listed them from the lowest to highest percentage of on-time flights.
The list has been carried by CBS News as well. The online version requires users to click from one airline to the other, in order, ensuring plenty of clicks, which website administrators like.
To do that, click here: http://airlines.wanderbat.com/stories/3811/best-reliable-airlines-travel#Intro
Otherwise, if you just want a glance, here are the airlines, in order:
- Qatar Airways
- China Eastern
- Singapore Airlines
- China Southern
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Air China
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- TAM Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- China Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Air Berlin
In naming Qatar Airways number one, the site pointed out the airline’s awesome punctuality record.
Commenting on the survey, CBS News added that Qatar had “an on-time percentage that other airlines would kill for”.
“And it has a relatively young fleet, which means its planes are more modern and comfortable,” a CBS analyst noted.
It also pointed out that the Doha-based airline now gives business and first-class passengers a Giorgio Armani kit with fragrances, earplugs, eye masks, socks and lotions.
Qatar recently bought a 9.99% stake in International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, CBS said.
“The move will likely help the airline expand into Europe.”
Written by Peter Needham