Japan’s top carriers were the most on-time airlines in 2021

Dec 29, 2021

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Japanese airlines offered up some impressive on-time performance in 2021.

The country’s two network carriers were the most on-time airlines in the world this year, according to aviation data provider Cirium.

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All Nippon Airways took top billing, with a 95.04% on-time arrival rate and a completion factor of 99.24%, meaning that just 0.76% of all flights were canceled.

Japan Airlines took the number two spot, with an on-time arrival rate of 94.13% and an identical completion factor of 99.24%.

The top U.S. carrier on this list was Delta Air Lines, in the number five spot, which saw 87.80% of its flights arrive on time, with a 99.82% completion factor.

Here’s a look at Cirium’s top 10 on-time performance list for global mainline carriers — in other words, airlines with global networks, excluding their regional affiliates:

Ranking Airline On-Time Arrival Rate Completion Factor
1 All Nippon Airways  95.04%  99.24%
2 Japan Airlines 94.13% 99.24%
3 Aeroflot 91.05% 99.58%
4 LATAM Airlines 88.67% 98.87%
5 Delta Air Lines 87.80% 99.82%
6 KLM 86.07% 99.61%
7 S7 Airlines 80.99% 99.74%
8 American Airlines 80.47% 97.50%
9 United Airlines 80.38% 99.08%
10 Saudia 80.24% 98.80%

 

Here’s a look at the top five on-time performance list for North American mainline carriers:

Ranking Airline On-Time Arrival Rate Completion Factor
1 Delta Air Lines 87.80% 99.82%
2 Alaska Airlines 81.72% 99.06%
3 American Airlines 80.47% 97.50%
4 United Airlines 80.38% 99.08%
5 Spirit Airlines 76.33% 96.48%

 

In addition, Delta Air Lines won a special “platinum award” for operational excellence.

It is the world’s best performing airline when considering on-time performance, operational complexity and its ability to limit the impact of flight disruption to its passengers,” Cirium writes in its on-time performance review.

Related: Airlines cancel nearly 1,000 flights Tuesday as disruptions continue to climb

Cirium started tracking on-time performance again on June 1, when it saw enough of an uptick in flights globally, a spokesperson explained to TPG. The period for the awards spans from June 1 to Dec. 20 — a few days before airlines globally and especially in the U.S. began to see significant operational disruptions due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, as well as weather.

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