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Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage

Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
British insurance company LV has published the results of its survey on the ‘worst airlines for losing luggage’, which questioned 2000 recent flyers across the United Kingdom on whether their checked luggage had been lost, delayed or damaged in the last five years. The worst offenders included EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic. ArabianSupplyChain's Robeel Haq counts down the list!\n

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Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
8. Bmibaby (overall score - one in 20 passengers)\n

\n\nA wholly-owned low cost subsidiary of bmi, bmibaby operates from 4 bases in Cardiff, Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester to 23 destinations in the UK and Europe. Its fleet consists of B737 aircraft, and although bmibaby is not a member of the Star Alliance (like its parent) it shares the BMI Diamond Club frequent flyer program.\n

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Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
7. Bmi (overall score - one in 16.6 passengers)\n

\n\nFormally British Midland Airways, bmi is majority owned by Lufthansa through its British subsidiary LHBD Holdings and is based at London Heathrow. Operating a fleet that includes Airbus A320-family and A330 aircraft, bmi’s network consists of services throughout Europe as well the Middle East and northern Africa. bmi is a member of the Star Alliance.\n

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Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
6. Thomas Cook (overall score - one in 14.2 passengers)\n

\n\nThomas Cook Airlines is a British charter airline with its main bases at Manchester and London Gatwick airports. Formed in 2000 following the merger of Flying Colours and Caledonian Airways, the airline operated under the name JMC Airlines until 2003, after which it assumed the name Thomas Cook Airlines. The airline merged in 2008 with MyTravel Airways, and today operates short- and long-haul services to destinations in the Mediterranean, East Asia and the Caribbean. Its fleet comprises Airbus A320 family, A330, B757 and B767 aircraft.\n

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Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
5. Ryanair (overall score - one in 12.5 passengers)\n

\n\nRyanair is Europe's largest low-cost carrier, with its largest base at London Stansted Airport, and second-largest base at Dublin Airport. With a fleet of over 200 B737-800 aircraft, Ryanair is the world's largest airline measured by international passengers carried, but looking to slow its pace of expansion after 2012.\n

\n\n(Getty Images/ Survey: LV, Profile: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation)
Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
4. EasyJet (overall score - one in 11.1 passengers)\n

\n\nBased at London Luton International Airport, with its busiest base at London Gatwick Airport, easyJet was founded by Sir Stelios Haj-Ioannou and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Using a fleet of Airbus and Boeing narrow-body aircraft, easyJet operates an extensive network throughout Europe as well as to northern Africa supported by over 15 hubs spread throughout Europe.\n

\n\n(Getty Images/ Survey: LV, Profile: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation)
Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
3. Emirates (overall score - one in 9 passengers)\n

\n\nFounded in 1985, Emirates is the largest carrier of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is based at Dubai International Airport. Operating a fleet of wide-body Boeing and Airbus Aircraft, including the A380, Emirates provides an extensive network of services within the Middle East as well as to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Canada and South America.\n

\n\n(Getty Images/ Survey: LV, Profile: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation)
Revealed: The worst airlines for losing luggage
2. Virgin Atlantic (overall score - one in 8.3 passengers)\n

\n\nBased in London, Virgin Atlantic Airlines is one Britain’s major international airlines with shareholders including the Virgin Group and Singapore Airlines. Using a fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft, Virgin Atlantic operates a network of international services to North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Australia from its hubs at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.\n

\n\nVirgin Atlantic accused LV of skewing the results and said that lost or damaged baggage was a