Finnair had the best on-time performance in 2014 among European major carriers with 90.58 per cent of flights arriving on time, according to FlightStats, the airline industry data services company (see flightstats.com for more details). FlightStats also recognised Finnair’s oneworld alliance, which consists of 15 leading airlines from each global region and their affiliates, as the most reliably punctual airline alliance globally, with a collective on-time performance rate of 79.97 per cent.
The FlightStats’ award is based on its analysis of some 32 million flights operated by 250 airlines globally in the past year – which showed that Finnair and oneworld members maintained a more punctual operation across the 12 months than their counterparts in the other global airline groups.
Besides Finnair, oneworld members also rated highly in FlightStats’ 2014 awards for individual airlines. Four of the alliance’s carriers were listed among the world’s ten most punctual “major global carriers” – Iberia (third, with 88.46 per cent of its flights arriving on time), Japan Airlines (fourth, 87.78 per cent), airberlin (eighth, 85.70 per cent) and LAN Airlines (ninth, 85.63 per cent).
On a regional basis, besides Finnair being named the most on-time airline in Europe, Japan Airlines was the most punctual major airline in the Asia Pacific region for the third year in a row, with Qantas eighth. Qatar Airways was third in the Middle East and Africa category, with Royal Jordanian seventh. LAN Airlines was second among the major Latin American airlines, with TAM Airlines fourth. In North America, US Airways had the sixth best on-time record, with its merger partner American Airlines also ranked in the Top 10.
oneworld affiliate member Iberia Express was the most punctual low-cost carrier globally.
oneworld’s 15 member airlines and their affiliated carriers serve almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries, boarding 1.4 million customers daily. For its survey, FlightStats analysed 3,713,154 oneworld flights operated in 2014.
FlightStats says the awards are “designed to recognise those airlines and airports that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver on their promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner.”