When traveling by flight, things can go very right or very wrong, determining the course of your travel to either be pleasant or a nightmare. So, when planning a trip, it has become paramount to compare airlines in order to get the best experience possible.
Regardless, there are no guarantees your travel arrangements will go seamlessly. However, you can do yourself a favor and assess the various airlines available to you to tilt the odds of a pleasant trip in your favor.
Every year, an Airline Quality Report is published from a collaboration between Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The study measures four stats: on-time arrival flights, denied boardings, mishandled luggage, and complaints from customers. What is not considered are the plane’s interiors from a design and comfort perspective including customer service and quality.
Over 2014, the level of quality across all airlines reportedly had dropped throughout the year. However, some airlines actually did increase their stats and overall quality.
The top 5 airlines in the United States are:
- Virgin America:
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
Next time you go to buy plane tickets, consider one of the above airlines, your odds of having a comfortable, hiccup-free experience will be greater. If for some reason you can’t go with the top 5 airlines in America, just be cautious about choosing one of the following airlines with the lowest stats:
- Envoy / American Eagle
These contenders at the bottom of the list aren’t necessarily there because they’re horrible airlines; they also happen to be regional carriers – they are the first planes to be cancelled during inclement weather.
For the entire report, click HERE and download all the stats for free!
Travel safely, smartly, and comfortably this holiday season.