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1. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

So, we've got threads on 'Worst nightmare airports' and 'Best Airlines'
What about opinions of 'Worst airlines'??

2. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

I can't for the life of me remember the carrier, but I took a crammed little flight from Calcutta to Neapl when I was 18.

I am 6"2'. So taller than most but shorter than many. The seats were crammed os close to gether that I had to lift my legs so me thighs were about 45 degrees up off the level of the seat.

I thought I might start crying by the time we finally landed, after being in a suspended legged fetal position for about an hour. My knees hurt for the next week, so bad that I had to hike up temple steps and the like by using my hands too.

I would take any 23 hour flight or 9 hour layover in ANY airport before spening another hour like that.

3. Posted by vickon (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

The worst airline??? I know some lol. What about those airlines in Thailand which offers tickets for 30 or 15 euro? Its really an adventure travelling with these airplanes. Where did they find those aircrafts.....or what about Aegean airlines in Greece? A hostes start shouting at me because i havent close the table of the seat....I was sleeping lady!!!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Varna (Bulgaria) to Berlin in mid-90's. The carrier was Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. Old TU-154, last row in the back just before the exit. Very little leg room (at almost 6ft I'm quite tall for a woman plus I've got unproportional long legs) and there just was no comfortable way to sit. The flight took about 2 hours and the noise from the engine was unbearable. My ears and knees still hurt the next day.

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Brilliant stuff.
I flew Tarom from Manchester to Constanta (about 4 hours). When the plane was due to commence it's descent, it just went into a near nosedive - and we went from 36,000ft. to the runway in about 10 minutes. If that's ever happened to you (apparently Aeroflot are well known for it - it saves a fortune on fuel!!), then you'll know what it does your ears. Just one of the most painful experiences I've ever gone through.

6. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Despite many, many flights over the years I'd have a hard time picking a "worst airline". I've had lots of interesting experiences, including some 24 hours delays, but that can happen with any airline, so wouldn't put an airline in the "worst" category because of that (British Airways would be in that group then, and I've had lots of great experiences with BA as well...). I do remember a flight with Viva Air many years ago, from Heathrow to Malaga, and they had the nerve to serve rubber chicken that was completely inedible. Viva Air was a Spanish airline that fortunately no longer exists!:)

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Worst flight was with LIAT (the carrier that flies to many Caribbean islands).

On Dominica, I was about to take off and we were at maximum ground speed when suddenly the plane hit the brakes! I was really terrified as the runway ends just near the Atlantic Ocean and there is nothing more than a narrow road in between. It was just in time though and we went back to terminal. Seems that a light in the cockpit that wasn't supposed to be on, was in fact on. Just some mechanical checking and things were ok. You can imagine that the flight from Dominica to St Lucia couldn't be short enough after that experience.

Worst airline: Air Koryo. Flight from Beijing to Pyongyang. Nothing really scary happened but the old Ilyushin 62-M was definately in his last stages of life. What a noice!

Cheers!

8. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

For anyone heading to Pyongyang, might be good to know you can STILL have that experience! Air Koryo operates four Ilyushin Il-62MKs, even though two of them are exclusively operated for the North Korean Government. But the other two operate some of the airline's scheduled services. And in case you miss out on the Il-62 experience, you might be in luck with some of the carrier's 25-35 year old Tupolevs (Tu-134s and Tu-154s) and a pair of Ilyushin Il-18s built in the mid 1960s... Newest aircraft in the fleet: a 16 year old Tu-204-300.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-May-2009, at 18:50 by bgl ]

9. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y

Quoting vickon

.....or what about Aegean airlines in Greece? A hostes start shouting at me because i havent close the table of the seat....I was sleeping lady!!!

UGH! Reminded me of my Greek flight last July. We were ready to board and the pilot got mad about something and decided to go on strike right then and there. We all stood around for over an hour wondering what the heck was going to happen and finally he calmed down and let us on. I didn't feel great having some hot head flying the plane but what could I do? Not to generalize, but I have never seen so many outrageously angry men as when I was in Greece. Very scary for a Minnesota girl!

10. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

For anyone heading to Pyongyang, might be good to know you can STILL have that experience! Air Koryo operates four Ilyushin Il-62MKs, even though two of them are exclusively operated for the North Korean Government. But the other two operate some of the airline's scheduled services. And in case you miss out on the Il-62 experience, you might be in luck with some of the carrier's 25-35 year old Tupolevs (Tu-134s and Tu-154s) and a pair of Ilyushin Il-18s built in the mid 1960s... Newest aircraft in the fleet: a 16 year old Tu-204-300.

And to think they've supposedly improved to meet our airport's safety standards such that we now have direct flights from here to Pyongyang!

bgl do you know the planes they're using on this route?