These Are The World’s Most Punctual Airlines

Want to be sure that your flight will arrive on time? These rankings of airline punctuality can help you choose the right carrier for international trips.

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FlightStats assembles a yearly ranking of global airline on-time performance. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) issues similar monthly updates for Australian domestic airlines, but doesn’t cover international flights.

The most relevant list for Australians is for Asian-region airlines, since these are the ones you’re likely to use. Here are the top 10 for 2013:

Airline On-time departure On-time arrival
Japan Airlines 93.11% 88.94%
ANA 91.22% 87.14%
Air New Zealand 86.09% 84.18%
Korean Air Lines 90.04% 83.47%
Qantas 84.91% 83.17%
Singapore Airlines 86.81% 83.02%
Thai Airways 88.01% 79.35%
Virgin Australia 82.30% 78.93%
Jet Airways 83.79% 78.33%
Asiana Airlines 89.18% 78.14%

One other interesting statistic? Amongst “budget” airlines worldwide, Jetstar ranked seventh, with 77.13 per cent of flights departing on time, and 76.47 per cent arriving on time.

Punctuality is not an absolute; in these charts, a flight that arrives within 15 minutes of its scheduled time is considered to be “on time”. There are also occasions where bad weather will make landing on time unavoidable. Still, if you’re not committed to flying with one airline or alliance to build your frequent flyer points, knowing the on-time record can be helpful. Hit the link for all the global charts.

FlightStats [PDF via Business Insider]

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