AirHelp’s ranking of 86 airlines is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and takes into account a number of metrics in three key areas to come up with an overall AirHelp Score. This includes:

Quality and Service: AirHelp factors in details from to help determine an airline’s quality both on and off the ground. This includes airport service, airline lounge, seats, in-flight meals, entertainment, cabin staff, and comfort.

On-Time Performance: The company considered how many fights on the examined period — December 2016 to March 2017 — arrived on time.


The German airline scored a 7.79 overall, largely due to its 8.75 punctuality rating. However, it only received a 6 for its quality and service.

Air Canada

The Canadian airline’s high quality and service score (8) made up for its poor punctuality score (6.58). Its overall rating was 7.81.


The UAE airline scored an 8 for its quality and service and a 7.8 for punctuality. Its overall tally was 7.82.


Air Malta

A good on-time score of 8.71 gave the airline an overall 7.89.



The local Norwegian airline had lower scores for quality and service, but an impressive 9.47 for on-time performance. This put it in 13th place with 7.91.

Air France

The French airline scores high for quality and service, getting a 7.92 overall.


The Dutch airline landed an 8 for quality and service, and a 7.94 score overall.


Another Dutch airline on the list. TUI beat out KLM at 7.95, thanks to its punctuality score of 9.05. It only managed 6 for quality and service.

Aer Lingus

An 8.75 on-time score gave the Irish carrier an overall 7.97.

Virgin Atlantic

Just shy of an overall score of 8, Virgin Atlantic hit 7.99 thanks to its high quality and service score of 8.

British Airways

The Heathrow-based airline was the first to hit top the 8 mark, with an overall score of 8.14.

Air Dolomiti

The Italian airline delivered an impressive punctuality score of 8.96 and an overall rating of 8.22.


Air Transat

The Canadian Air Transat may have only hit a 6 for quality and service, but its 9.9 score for punctuality is extremely impressive. This combined with a claims processing score of 8.96, delivered it an overall 8.29.

Austrian Airlines

Another high score for claim processing (8.97) combined with an 8.18 for on-time performance gave it an overall 8.38.

Qatar Airways

The third highest quality and most punctual airline on the list, it was down from first place last year. Qatar landed a 10 for quality and service, getting an overall 8.46.

Etihad Airways

Another 10 for quality and service put Etihad in second place at 8.48 overall, despite a 6.83 in claim processing.


Singapore Airlines

The highest quality and most punctual airline in the world received a 8.73 overall mark from AirHelp Score. This was thanks to a 10 for quality and service and 8.7 for on-time performance.  Singapore Airlines’ significant improvements in on-time performance and claim processing surged the Asian airline to the top spot among 87 airlines for the first time.

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