Air India ranked third-worst airline in the world

Published: January 10, 2017
An Air India passenger plane takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Air India passenger plane takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian national flag-carrier Air India has been named the world’s third-worst airline in a list by aviation insights company FlightStats.

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The 10 worst airlines of 2016:

10. Hainan Airlines – 30.3 per cent

9. Korean Air – 31.74 per cent

8. Air China – 32.73 per cent

7. Hong Kong Airlines – 33.42 per cent

6. China Eastern Airlines – 35.8 per cent

5. Asiana Airlines – 37.46 per cent

4. Philippine Airlines – 38.33 per cent

3. Air India – 38.71 per cent

2. Icelandair – 41.05 per cent

1. El Al – 56 per cent

“Compiling the list is no small feat. We stitch data together from 500 different sources. Among those sources are flight-tracking and positional services, airport runway times, radar services, airline records, airport data, and such governing bodies as Eurocontrol and the Federal Aviation Administration. 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. We’ve built the technology and logic to sort that out and validate information across multiple sources. It’s a pretty interesting process,” FlightStats aviation and distribution vice president Jim Hetzel told Bloomberg.

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“I’m seeing a big improvement in overall performance across the board as the industry becomes more and more competitive,” he said. “It’s a huge win for travelers,” Hetzel added.

Air India has dismissed the list.

This article originally appeared on Bloomberg.

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  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 10, 2017 - 12:30PM

    El Al is smart in having itself ranked the worst since its not really catering to the general public anyway. With its very high security parameters, only the chosen few opt for this airline. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 10, 2017 - 12:47PM

    Is it my imagination or anything anit-Indian gets picked up and published in a second in Pak websites ? Recommend

  • Uncle Tom
    Jan 10, 2017 - 1:07PM

    The Reason for Air India being the third worst is not because of the Quality of the Airline, but the quality of people traveling on it.. seeing how most Indian Men cant control themselves around women.Recommend

  • Alok
    Jan 10, 2017 - 1:39PM

    I am a bit skeptic about these results. Korean Air and Air China and China Eastern Airlines are well known. In two years Air India has also become a preferred airline and is a Star alliance partner.Recommend

  • Zee
    Jan 10, 2017 - 4:26PM

    @Bunny Rabbit: Better question to be asked, what’s an indian troll doing on a Pakistani news website?Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jan 10, 2017 - 6:53PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Are you surprised???? Pakistani media justifies the creation of Pakistan only by showing negative about India. The more they show negatives about India, the more they are convinced about their decision of creating a utopia for themselves. That is why all negative news about in India is on front page to give their “paper” readers a positive good morning :). Recommend

  • powayman
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:05PM

    Similar to PIA, Air India is a chronic loser and good example of why governments should stay out of the airline business. Both India and Pakistan would do just fine without a National Airline. Recommend

  • Fawad
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:22PM

    I think PIA needs to improve big time in terms of service and planes. Sadly the govt. eats up all the money that needs to be spent on improving airlines.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 11, 2017 - 7:57AM

    Pakistanis should stop Gloating as PIA didn’t even make that list.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 11, 2017 - 8:09AM

    Note that ET carefully edited the story to remove the fact that it only pertained to airline ON-TIME PERFORMANCE!Recommend

  • shaikhmustafa
    Jan 11, 2017 - 5:19PM

    aviation bashing – round 2Recommend

  • , Zahid
    Jan 11, 2017 - 7:35PM

    It really surprised me that PIA is not in the list of worst airlines of the worldRecommend

  • GSR
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:23PM

    India and Israel, the two fascist brothers united in suppressing minorities and terrible airline service LOL!Recommend

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