Over the past year, we have heard many complaints about airlines, and have constantly criticized major carriers for their poor performance, service or hard product. Well, Skytrax releases every year a list of the best and worst airlines in the world. The Telegraph from the UK listed down all the carriers with a 2-star rating (the maximum is 5 stars). These airlines are some of the worst in the world. Many of these carriers are minor carriers and do not operate an extensive route network. Here are the first 10 of 20 worst airlines, in alphabetical order with an image to accompany them all. Part 2 can be found here.

 

Bahamasair

Based: Nassau

Founded: 1973

Fleet: 8

Destinations: 32

Flag carrier of the Bahamas, the airline of Paradise Island seems to be the opposite of paradise in the air.

Bahamasair 737

Bahamasair 737

Biman Bangladesh

Based: Dhaka

Founded: 1972

Fleet: 12

Destinations: 18

The airline of Bangladesh has started to modernize its fleet recently. With the retirement of the last passenger DC-10 and introduction of the 777-300, the airline is playing catch up against other large carriers of the region.

Biman 777

Biman 777

Biman Business Class 777

Biman Business Class 777

Bulgaria Air

Based: Sofia

Founded: 2002

Fleet: 10

Destinations: 26

The largest airline in Bulgaria, Bulgaria Air operates a fleet of short to medium range airliners to places within the region, Africa, Russia, and Western Europe.

Bulgaria Air ERJ-190

Bulgaria Air ERJ-190

China United Airlines

Based: Beijing

Founded: 1986

Fleet: 36

Destinations: 20

One of China’s budget airlines, China United is the only airline from that country that made this list. The airline operates out of Beijing Capital Airport.

China United 737

China United 737

Cubana de Aviación

Based: Havana

Founded: 1930

Fleet: 20

Destinations: 20

The largest airline in Cuba and their flag carrier, Cubana is an interesting airline. They are the last common operator of the Il-96, and fly a handful of Russian aircraft.

Cubana An158

Cubana An158

Cubana Il-96

Cubana Il-96

Iran Air

Based: Tehran

Founded: 1944

Fleet: 26

Destinations: 58

The national airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran Air has been flying old aircraft due to the sanctions imposed by the US and Western countries. The lifting of sanctions has allowed them to place an order of new aircraft and modernize their fleet. The newest A321 was delivered late last year.

Iran Air A300

Iran Air A300

Iran was the last operator of the 747SP

Iran was the last operator of the 747SP

Lion Air

Based: Jakarta

Founded: 1999

Fleet: 111

Destinations: 126

Indonesia’s largest low cost carrier, Lion Air flies throughout the SE Asian region. They also have a couple of 747s that they use mainly for the Hajj flights. The airline has subsidiaries around the regions as well, for example Thai Lion Air.

Lion Air 737-900ER

Lion Air 737-900ER

Lion Air 747

Lion Air 747

Mahan Air

Based: Tehran

Founded: 1992

Fleet: 56

Destinations: 61

Mahan Air is one of Iran’s largest airlines. It operates within Iran, and to destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and beyond. It has been sanctioned by the US various times for aiding their enemies and terrorist groups. As a curious note, the airline flies former Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa A340s.

Mahan Air A340

Mahan Air A340

Mahan Air First Class Sam Chui Photos-Airliners.net

Mahan Air First Class Sam Chui Photos-Airliners.net

Nepal Airlines

Based: Kathmandu

Founded: 1958

Fleet: 9

Destinations: 33

The small flag carrier of Nepal is a two star airline. Nepal Airlines has been long plagued by the economic situation in Nepal. The 2015 earthquake made the economic situation worse. The airline is trying to grow by adding narrow-body aircraft and one wide-body aircraft to their fleet.

Nepal Airlines Xian-60

Nepal Airlines Xian-60

Onur Air

Based: Istanbul

Founded: 1992

Fleet: 24

Destinations: 124

Onur Air is one of the two Turkish low cost carriers on this list. They are a leisure-LCC based in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. They have a few widebody aircraft that are mostly leased to Saudia.

Onur Air A320

Onur Air A320

Do you agree with the rankings? Have you ever flown on any of these airlines? What was your experience? Let us know!

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