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first_img Top Stories Since divisional realignment in the NFL in 2002, 21 teams have made the jump from finishing last place in their division, to first place the next season.It’s never happened in the NFC West.There have been 128 teams that have had the chance to make the jump from worst to first and only 16% of teams have actually accomplished the feat.The Cardinals hope that a high-volume roster turnover, including a new quarterback, will do the trick. 24 Comments   Share   Related LinksPatrick Peterson’s absence from voluntary OTAs not captain-likeOn 1st day of OTAs, Cardinals’ Kingsbury tight-lipped about offenseCardinals’ Kirk on former college teammate Murray: ‘He’s just electric’Cardinals support Patrick Peterson, other absent vets at voluntary OTAsThe good news for the Cardinals is that at least one team in the NFL has made the worst-to-first jump every season except for 2014.Thirteen of the 21 teams have been out of the NFC.However, another mitigating factor for Arizona is that no team that has taken the No. 1 overall draft pick from the previous offseason and improved that high in the standings. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Andy Isabella, center, works out with teammates during an NFL football organized team activity, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

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first_img3Malaysia Airlines9 RankAirline2006 4Qatar Airways6 RankAirline2006 5Qantas2 1Etihad Airways10 4Singapore Airlines— 1Singapore Airlines7 3Cathay Pacific3center_img Regular passengers on commercial aircraft tend to have a favourite amongst the many carriers. Just like some people will always buy a BMW instead of a Mercedes so some are avowed British Airways fans and wouldn’t choose to fly on Virgin Atlantic. Since we can take it as a given that both airlines (and indeed both cars) are safe, comfortable and of high quality, the difference in individual choice is therefore often highly subjective and probably related to personal experience of specific flights or circumstances.A flight might be made special by a particularly friendly and courteous crew, your favourite movies being shown or an unexpected upgrade to first class where you sit next to Gisele Bündchen who immediately becomes your new girlfriend. In short, most commercial airlines tend to do the same thing: they take off, land safely and try to keep you as happy as possible during the middle bit.Based on personal experience (and I know others in Skyscanner will disagree), I am unafraid to make the following huge, sweeping and probably inaccurate, libellous generalisations. I think the following: Qantas crews are very friendly; Virgin Atlantic get the closest to making flying fun; female flight attendants on American Airlines are moonlighting school matrons whilst those on South African Airways are moonlighting models; in my experience, the food on Olympic Airlines is not very good, but extremely nice on Singapore Airlines; I would most like to be on a British Airways flight if something awful happened (wings falling off etc.) and finally, I hate, with unbridled passion, an anonymous low-cost airline who kept me waiting 10 hours whilst six of their flights left for my destination and made me miss a wedding. I regularly wish bankruptcy upon them.That said, there are a lot of excellent carriers out there but before looking at who is the best, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website is good enough to provide a long list of airlines who are not allowed to fly anywhere near us (under Regulation (EC) No. 2111/2005) and who, in the words of the CAA, are “considered to be unsafe and … therefore not permitted to fly passengers or cargo in the EU or operate within European airspace.”Details of their criteria for imposing restrictions are not given but one can only assume that inappropriate and silly names (at least to an English speaker) is one of the reasons. Who wouldn’t want to fly Bel Glob Airlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo? I know I would – just to frame my ticket stub. The self-congratulatory Bravo Air Congo (“Bravo, we can’t land in the EU again”) would be another of my choices. Or maybe I would go for Comair and ask to sit between Nicholas Cage and Steve Buscemi. Free Airlines sounds extremely promising and how could you do better than travel with the reassuringly titled Safe Air Company?Airlines such as these are unlikely to ever make it into the listings at www.airlinequality.com. This website is run by Skytrax who are “the world’s leading air transport research organisation, specialising in global Airline and Airport customer surveys.” The site features comments on over 500 airlines and airports and there is easy access to nearly a quarter of a million customer opinions.In 2007, Skytrax received over 14 million nominations in a global online survey and just some of the results are shown below:Airline of the Year 2007 2Emirates3 Best Economy Class Catering 2007 5Qantas2 Source: www.airlinequality.comA whole variety of other categories are ranked and if you are flexible about which airline you want to choose, then the opinions of 14 million others is a useful guide.Failing that, if none of the airlines mentioned appeal, then you can always join me as I make my way to Sierra Leone and have a few drinks with the pilots before boarding my flight on Air Rum – we won’t be landing anywhere near Europe mind you.You may also like to read The Sky’s the Limit – the impact of deregulationReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2Thai Airways4 RelatedGuide to TurbulenceLooking for a bump-free flight? Read our guide on the routes, aircraft and seats you should choose.Family Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children.Extremely Fast Food – airline meals discussed and disgustMy girlfriend has been nagging me for ages to write something about airline food.last_img read more