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Airline Ratings – The Best Airlines and Worst Airlines in September

Most airline ratings improved overall for the month

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Worst Airlines for On-Time Performance:

  1. airline-ratings-best-airlines-worst-airlinesSouthwest Airlines — 76.3%. This is not typically one of the worst airlines for on-time airline ratings. Still, the ranking isn’t as surprising when we consider that Southwest Airlines has struggled as its integration efforts with AirTran ramp up. Remember, United was one of the worst airlines for performance last year as its integration efforts with Continental reached their peak.
  2. Frontier Airlines  76.9%. Frontier is one of the worst airlines for two reasons: First, feeder carriers face greater challenges generally speaking than their legacy or low-cost carrier competitors. And second, the airline has been working through the bankruptcy process. Improved airline rankings could be on the horizon, however, now that private Indigo Partners is buying the carrier for a reported $36 million plus assumed debt.
  3. American Eagle Airlines — 82.2%. This American Airlines (AAMRQ) feeder subsidiary has been one of the worst airlines for on-time performance for years. Even before American declared bankruptcy in November 2011, American Eagle struggled in this key metric for airline ratings.  But now that American Airlines has been cleared to emerge from bankruptcy by merging with U.S. Airways, look for positive change for this carrier’s airline ratings. 

Other Airline Ratings:

  • JetBlue (JBLU) — 83.1%.
  • American Airlines — 83.7%
  • United Airlines — 84.6%.

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