Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Punctuality: JAL No.1 and ANA No.3 worldwide.

A bit of late news, but U.S.A.-based FlightStats, which collects real-time flight status information of over 200 airlines worldwide, ranked Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) number one in the world for on-time (arrival) performance for 2013 (January - December) and All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) number two.
A Japan Transocean Air Boeing 737 passes by a JAL 777 at Naha. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

93.11% of JAL's 129,300 flights (99.58% tracking rate, 99.47% completion rate) departed on-time and 88.94% arrived on-time, winning the carrier top place in the 'Major International Airline' category two years in a row. Rival ANA recorded 244,828 flights (97.02% tracking rate, 99.57% completion rate) with 91.22% departing on-time and 87.14% arriving on-time. Both figures are impressive especially considering the fact that ANA and JAL together operated nearly half of the worldwide Boeing 787 fleet when the type was immediately grounded in January 2013.
A line of ANA Boeing 777s and 767s awaiting their next flights at Haneda. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

For the report, on-time performance for departures was defined as leaving within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, while arrivals had to come in within 14 minutes of the scheduled time to qualify. To be considered in the report, carriers had to be in the top 60 worldwide for capacity and had to have a tracking rate of more than 90%. Other top airlines were KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL/KLM) at number two, Iberia (IB/IBE) with fourth place, and Scandinavian Airlines (SK/SAS) at fifth.

Source: FlightStats, February 13th. (PDF; in English)

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