In a major embarrassment for flag carrier airline of India: Air India, a ranking has declared them as world’s 3rd worst performing airlines in the whole world.
The annual ranking, prepared by aviation insights company FlightStats ‘recognize the “Best of the Best” Airlines that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver on their promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner.’
This is their 8th such ranking, and Air India is clearly not amused by it, as they have termed this ranking as ‘fabricated’.
Air India Is World’s 3rd Worst Airlines?
With 38.71% score, Air India is ranked #3 in the World Airlines of the World list.
Besides tracking the monthly data released by US Department of Transportation on punctuality of airlines, FlightStats uses 500 other sources to finalize the ranking; some of which are: airport runway times, radar services logs, official airline records, airport data, flight-tracking and positional services, and tons of data procured from Eurocontrol and the Federal Aviation Administration and other regional aviation hubs.
Jim Hetzel, vice president of aviation and distribution at FlightStats said, “All of these pieces come in in different formats, all with different elements of value, and a lot of times the sources don’t agree,”
The tag of worst airlines in the world has been assigned to El Al, which is flag carrier of Israel, as it received 56% score in bad performance. 2nd worst airline in the world is Iceland Air with 41.05% score, followed by Air India at 38.71% score.
Here are the top 10 worst airlines in reverse order:
10. Hainan Airlines – 30.3%
9. Korean Air – 31.74%
8. Air China – 32.73%
7. Hong Kong Airlines – 33.42%
6. China Eastern Airlines – 35.8%
5. Asiana Airlines – 37.46%
4. Philippine Airlines – 38.33%
3. Air India – 38.71%
2. Icelandair – 41.05%
1. El Al – 56%
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which is the flag carrier of Netherlands has been declared as the best airline in the world after studying various factors. Iberia, the flag carrier of Spain is the 2nd best airlines while Japan Airlines, flag carrier of Japan is at #3.
Here are the top 10 airlines of the world in reverse order:
10. Qantas – 15.7%
9. TAM Linhas Aéreas – 14.93%
8. Delta Air Lines – 14.83%
7. Singapore Airlines – 14.55%
6. ANA – 14.46%
5. Austrian – 14.26%
4. Qatar Airways – 13.66%
3. JAL – 12.2%
2. Iberia – 11.82%
1. KLM – 11.47%
Air India Slams This Ranking; Says ‘Fabricated’
Meanwhile Air India has come out strongly against this ranking, terming it as fabricated and unreal.
Air India’s spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said, “We totally disagree with the report published by FlightStats about AI. Initially it seems that the report is fabricated, so AI management will investigate the report till the end.”
Meanwhile, both Indigo and Spice Airways have been included in the list of the best Asia-Pacific Airlines, besides JAL, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, ANA, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific & Jetstar.
Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, said, “We are happy to be recognised amongst the leading Asia-Pacific carriers,”
You can access the complete ranking of all global airline carriers here.