What's it like on board North Korean airline Air Koryo - the worst in the world?

Here's what customers who actually flew with the airline have said

Mark Critchley@mjcritchley
Tuesday 25 August 2015 17:49

For the fourth year in a row, North Korean airline Air Koryo has been ranked as the world’s worst airline, achieving a one star rating out of a possible five.

Of the 600 carriers assessed by aviation consultancy Skytrax, none achieved as low a score the secret state’s national airline.

But just how bad is it to fly with the airline?

Reports of luggage being weighed by hand, in-flight entertainment dedicated solely to Kim Jong-un and aircraft dating back to the 1960s suggest it can’t be much fun.

However, generally, reviews of the carrier on the internet aren’t quite as bad as you’d imagine.

The airline’s average customer rating on Skytrax's website is an adequate, if not spectacular, 6.0 out of 10 and of the 41 users to have left reviews, 24 said they would recommend flying Air Koryo.

There are a few worrying comments, such as:

But even so, many seem to have been enjoyed their experience.

On Instagram, users have been posting with the #airkoryo hashtag, and even the worst airline in the world has its customers taking photos of their food.

Here's the infamous Air Koryo American-style hamburger, which seemed to go down well with this photographer.

Although it's not too appealing on closer inspection...


Then there's the carrier's healthier options...

And here's a glimpse of the in-flight entertainment, which is, invariably, a technicolour history of North Korea's supreme leaders.

All in all, it's quite a mixed bag. While some customers understand why Air Koryo has such a low rating, others touch down feeling pleasantly surprised.

That's the thing about being 'the world's worst' - you only have to beat low expectations.

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