Airlines really crave any accolades they can receive as far as the quality of the on-board product, the turnaround time, the comfort of the aircraft, the airline personnel, the customer service, the food – pretty much anything. The big three Middle Easter airlines seem to be in a race for the top. Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways all are going to great lengths to make sure that their airlines are some of the most pleasing in the world. Of course, there are several Asian airlines that also do an incredible job of providing a consistent product and experience and a couple of European airlines do their part as well.
US airlines do not normally rank as high as their international counterparts. But, one thing that cannot be ever said about them is that they are a “one-star” airline, as ranked by industry experts. That distinction falls to a single airline and it is one that is one of the most closed countries in the world – Air Koryo, the airline of North Korea.
The airline was ranked as a one-star airline by the airline review company, Skytrak. They did give the staff three stars for grooming and presentation, however! The airline flies some older aircraft that is far from updated to more modern flying specs. They are attempting to upgrade their business class, so that is something…
If you want to check out the story about this airline and some interesting photos from it, here is the link. For more information, you can check out Stefan’s (another BA blogger) blog as he has flown on that airline before during one of his visits to North Korea. Here are some more pictures from an Airliners.net post.
Of course, you might be able to even fly on it yourself if you decide to run the marathon there next year. 🙂
HT: Mail Online