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Best and worst airlines

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We asked thousands of fliers to rate their latest airline experience to find out which are the best airlines, and the worst. 

A great holiday should begin your flight, but do you need to fly with the big names to have the best trip? 

Our survey of more than 6,500 passengers reveals all. You told us about customer service, food and drink, and what it was like on board more than 10,000 flights and 29 airlines, from British Airways and Ryanair, to easyJet and Emirates. 

We found budget airlines at the top and bottom of our table, as well as some big name carriers that passengers thought were poor quality. 

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Best and worst airlines 

The table below shows the results of our latest airline survey.

Long-haul economy airlines
Which Recommended Provider (WRP) Airline Seat pitch (inches) Punctuality Boarding Seat comfort Food and drink In-flight entertainment Cabin environment Customer service Value for money Customer Score
  Subscriber only content 32-34 73% 88%
  Subscriber only content 31-33 80% 79%
  Subscriber only content 32-34 79% 76%
  Subscriber only content 29-34 82% 72%
  Subscriber only content 31-35 83% - 69%
  Subscriber only content 32-33 62% 68%
  Subscriber only content 31-34 60% - - - - 68%
  Subscriber only content 31-35 79% 67%
  Subscriber only content 33 66% 67%
  Subscriber only content 31-32 46% - - 64%
  Subscriber only content 31-35 77% 62%
  Subscriber only content 31-35 67% 60%
  Subscriber only content 31-33 88% 56%
  Subscriber only content 31 79% 55%
  Subscriber only content 31-37 78% 48%
Short-haul economy airlines
Which? Recommended Provider (WRP) Airline Seat pitch (inches) Punctuality Boarding Seat comfort Food and drink In-flight entertainment Cabin environment Customer service Value for money Customer Score
  Subscriber only content 29-31 83% - n/a 82%
  Subscriber only content 29 81% n/a 79%
  Subscriber only content 30-33 72% - n/a 74%
  Subscriber only content 31-32 81% n/a 71%
  Subscriber only content 29-34 75% n/a 71%
  Subscriber only content 29-38 69% n/a 70%
  Subscriber only content 30-32 73% n/a 69%
  Subscriber only content 30-32 77% - n/a 67%
  Subscriber only content 29 70% n/a 65%
  Subscriber only content 29-33 83% n/a 65%
  Subscriber only content 28-30 66% n/a 61%
  Subscriber only content 30-31 79% n/a 60%
  Subscriber only content 28-34 66% n/a 59%
  Subscriber only content 30-32 78% n/a 56%
  Subscriber only content 29-34 79% n/a 55%
  Subscriber only content 29-30 69% - n/a 54%
  Subscriber only content 30-34 75% n/a 44%


Using the table: Sample sizes are in brackets. A dash indicates that there were too few responses for this aspect to give a star rating.
Seat pitch: The distance between two rows of seats, an indicator of legroom.
Punctuality: Percentage of flights that arrived in to the UK within 15 minutes of time due, according to CAA data (short-haul and long-haul).
Boarding: The boarding process – waiting time, queues, etc.
Cabin environment: Fixtures and fittings, temperature and lighting.
Customer service: On-ground and on-board staff. 
Food and drink: Range and quality of on-board catering.
In-flight entertainment: Quality of free wi-fi, ear phones, TV screen.
Customer score: Combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend the airline.
Sample sizes in brackets. All ratings for economy class travel.



What makes airlines Which? Recommended Providers?

In September 2019, we asked Which? members to complete an online survey about their recent experiences of flying with an airline from the UK. They reported on a total of 10,180  flights. Their customer score was based on a combination of overall satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending the airline to a friend. Only airlines rated by at least 30 members are included. 

Which? Recommended Providers are those that you gave a customer score of at least 70%. But that's not all. Our researchers then scrutinise each company and its policies to make sure the company is worthy of a WRP.