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National Airline Quality Rating to be Announced April 9

The 28th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR), the longest-running and most established measure of airline quality, will be announced on April 9. AQR researchers use a combination of performance-based data that allows comparison of the actual performance of airlines with the public perception of airline quality.

WHAT: Media is invited to this year’s press conference to announce the results of the 28th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR). The most comprehensive study of the performance quality of the 12 largest airlines in the United States, the AQR is conducted by researchers at the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.

Airline performance, as presented by AQR researchers, encompasses a multifactor look at the overall quality of the airlines. It includes on-time performance, denied boardings, mishandled baggage and customer complaints.

The new findings cover the 2017 calendar year and rate the following airlines, listed in alphabetical order: Alaska (last year’s No. 1 overall airline), American, Delta, ExpressJet, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, SkyWest, Southwest, Spirit, United and Virgin America.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. EDT Monday, April 9

WHERE: The National Press Club, Zenger Room, in Washington, D.C.

MEDIA INFORMATION: This year’s announcement will be streamed live via Facebook (more information and link to come). Audio and video setups will be available via the NPC. Advance interviews with researchers Dr. Dean Headley and Dr. Brent Bowen are available upon request. Full results of the new AQR with top airline rankings will be distributed onsite and digitally immediately as the press conference starts. To view last year’s results, profiles and more, go to

- Melanie Hanns, Senior Communications Advisor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; O: (386) 226-7538; C: (386) 283-0753;
- Joe Kleinsasser, Director of News and Media Relations, Wichita State University; O: (316) 978-3013; C: (316) 204-8266;

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