On Time: The World’s Most Reliable Airlines

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on September 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

When you absolutely have to be somewhere on-time, which airline will you rely on to get you there?

For the second year in a row, Scandinavian carrier SAS holds the title for the most punctual airline in Europe, according to this article at The Telegraph. Data compiled by Flightstats showed that between May and July, SAS flights arrived on time over 90% of the time. Contrast that with Britain-based EasyJet, which had a miserable record of being on time only 52.45% of the time. A bit of a shock was RyanAir outperforming British Airways (69.18% vs. 68.22%) in the punctuality category.

Back in February of this year, Forbes.com posted an article that listed Southwest Airlines as the most reliable airline in the US. However, they are also quick to point out that only five percentage points separate them and number 10 on the list, JetBlue. They chalk this up to the fact that most major carriers use the exact same air routes, which are very busy at all times. Skywest and United rounded out the top three, at second and third, respectively.

Msnbc.com took it a step further and listed the most punctual airlines in the world. It might not come as a surprise that Japan Airlines topped the list, citing a 90.95% rate of flights arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled time with rival Japanese carrier, ANA, coming in at a close second at 90.37%. Europe’s top on-time airline, SAS, was listed third in the world. The full list (and slideshow) can be seen here.

So if you’re planning a trip and time is of the essence, you may want to try Flightstats’ up-to-date tool, On Time Performance Rating.

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