No UK carrier makes an appearance in a new study of global airline punctuality.
Aeroflot is named as the world’s most on-time mainline airline and the top performer in Europe.
The Russian carrier edged out All Nippon Airways to gain top place with 86.7% of flights operating on time in 2019.
ANA came in second place with 86.3% of flights on time.
Delta Air Lines, the previous year’s winner, took third place in the global category with punctuality of 85.7% but was top in North America.
Other in the top ten were Brazilina airline Azul, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Air France, Emirates, Korean Air and SAS.
Latin American airline LATAM was ranked top of the global network airline category with 86.7% of flights in its network arriving on time.
Japanese airline StarFlyer was rated as the most punctual low-cost carrier with 91.4% of flights arriving on schedule.
The on-time performance review by travel data and analytics firm Cirium, which tracks more than 100,000 flights a day, identified the world’s best performing airlines and airports for on-time flight operations in 2019.
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International airport operated the most on-schedule departing flights, with 95% on time.
Cirium chief executive Jeremy Bowen said: “We apply the highest level of data analysis to form our on-time performance review and we’re delighted to announce that Aeroflot surpassed other leading airlines as the world’s most on-time mainline airline.
“Looking at the Russian carrier’s past year it’s clear that as Aeroflot has more controls in place over their environment than most, that helps enormously to drive operational efficiency.
“Russia’s successful year continues with Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International airport also winning the top spot as the most punctual airport.
“Achieving world-class customer satisfaction and industry-leading product differentiation is about more than just competitively priced tickets and flight availability. When choosing who to fly with, savvy travellers also now consider airline punctuality and operational reliability.”
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