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Economy Class: The Worst of the Worst

LOL, I have flown a lot of miles, but I have never flown any of these airlines in the ‘Worst of the Worst.” We used to fly RyanAir when we lived in Germany, and if you know to expect nothing, you get what you expect :-). It’s a lot like Jazeera, only without reserved seats and without leather seats. Oh, and people shoving to get on; I guess it was pretty bad, but oh, it was so CHEAP! Awful, but the flights were short, so you just gut it out and get there.

This is from the Frequent Flier Crier:


Economy class is pretty bad, even at its best. And at it’s worst, it’s truly horrendous, a toxic mix of too-tight seats, rancid peanuts, and don’t-bother-me service.

So which airline’s coach class is the worst of the worst? Business Insider Australia set out to answer that question, using data compiled by airline reviewer Skytrax on such measures as seat comfort, inflight entertainment, meals, and inflight service.

Such perennial service underproviders as Spirit and RyanAir made the list, at 18th and 11th worst respectively, but the other contenders for the title of world’s worst airline will be mostly unfamiliar to U.S.-focused travelers.

The envelope, please …

1. Turkmenistan Airlines (rated 30.8 on a 100-points scale)
2. Sudan Airways (rated 33.3)
3. Ukraine International Airlines (rated 36.3)
4. Uzbekistan Airways (rated 37.5s)
5. Air Koryo (rated 39.2)
6. Bulgaria Air (rated 41.8)
7. Rossiya Airlines (rated 42.7)
8. Iceland Express (rated 42.8)
9. Tajik Air (rated 43.3)
10. Syrian Air (rated 44.8)

Regarding Turkmenistan, the report noted that “terrible rankings on Skytrax for in-flight entertainment, seat comfort, service efficiency, staff response to passenger requests, and staff language skills make it the worst airline you can find.”

So next time you’re tempted to dub Spirit or US Airways or Frontier the worst airline ever, find some solace in the fact that the flight could have been worse. Much worse. It could have been Turkmenistan bad.

May 31, 2013 - Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Travel, Values | , , ,


  1. My worst trip was with Iberian…….. to Guatemala.
    Cabin crew hid in business class for duration: nothing served – not even water.
    Suspect there had been a problem loading up and they decided to avoid confrontation.
    Needless to say: never again.

    Comment by Wendy Quinn (and Scruffy Nellie the haggis dog) | June 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. I hope this blog has been read by RyanAir team and must have been taken action for such crew poor performance.

    Comment by Shelly | June 1, 2013 | Reply

  3. LOL, don’t they also have a horrible safety record? Oops, I just checked, Iberian has one of the BEST safety records, maybe I was thinking of Siberian, LOL.

    Business Insider 10 Worst Airlines in the world lists Iberian as #10 for service in flight.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 1, 2013 | Reply

  4. Shelly, RyanAir isn’t so bad, it’s like taking a street car. Short trips, you can read a book and ignore the surroundings, and sometimes you get great prices. It’s OK for when all you want to do is get there and it’s a short trip. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 1, 2013 | Reply

  5. Did you also notice that RyanAir landings used to be terrible? It has been years since I’ve flown RyanAir, but I still have to stop myself from cringing at landing. (“Don’t worry. It’s not RyanAir.”) Once only my seatbelt kept me from banging my head at landing, the bumps were so big.

    Comment by Sondy | June 7, 2013 | Reply

  6. Once we flew to Italy and saw on the news that RyanAir had taken out tray tables and made their seats not recline, to save money. Sure enough, on the way home the seats did not recline, and had ads on the backs instead of tray tables! But they were really really cheap, so we kept flying with them.

    Comment by Sondy | June 7, 2013 | Reply

  7. LOL, Sondy, you are right. They are cheap, especially when you look for online deals, like $1 plus taxes! We also flew Jazeera, sort of the RyanAir of the Middle East, but it was a lot smoother than RyanAir, even though it was the worst kind of cattle-class flying.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 9, 2013 | Reply

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