The FlightStats On-time Performance Service (OPS) Awards have recognized airlines and airports around the world that deliver the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Each year FlightStats makes changes to the awards program to recognize operational excellence in air travel around the globe. This year the awards are focusing on airlines exclusively and we are highlighting more regions, networks, and alliances across the world. To determine the finalists and winners, FlightStats examines flight status and arrival data aggregated from global sources including civil aviation authorities, airlines, airports, and major airline reservation systems.
2013 On-time Performance Service Awards Winners
For an airline to be considered within an awards category certain requirements must be met. These requirements include the total annual scheduled passenger flights, the geographical nature of their route network and the degree to which FlightStats is able to acquire flight status data. For all of the categories, the flight status coverage requirement is 90% of the airlines scheduled flights, unless otherwise noted. Winners and finalists within each category are listed below.
Major International Airlines
For the Major International Airlines category FlightStats analyzed the on-time arrival performance of the largest airlines in the world based on Available Seat Miles. In addition, each airline was required to have more than 1,000 scheduled flights to 3 or more geographical regions. A tracking coverage threshold of 90% was used to limit the analysis to carriers where FlightStats had comprehensive historical data in 2013. In all, 31 airlines representing approximately 7.6 million flights met the criteria and were included in the analysis. The top 10 performers are listed in the table below, ranked by on-time arrival performance.
Major Airline Network (Mainline and Regional Flights)
This category includes both mainline flights and those flights operated by the airline’s regional carriers. For this category, FlightStats analyzed the on-time performance of 25 major carriers. In aggregate, these networks were comprised of a total of 11.9 million flights. A tracking threshold of 90% was used as a requirement to be included in the analysis. The following table lists the top 10 airline networks ranked by on-time arrival performance. Note that for an airline network to be considered in this category, at least 15% of the total network flights must be operated by a regional airline.
North America Major Airlines
The North America Major Airlines category is comprised of the 10 major carriers in North America operating 4.9 million flights in 2013. A tracking threshold of 90% was a requirement. Note that mid-size and regional airlines are not included in this category. The following table is a list of the top 10 airlines in North America, ranked by on-time arrival performance.
Europe Major Airlines
The Europe Major Airlines category is comprised of the top 10 major carriers in Europe operating nearly 2 million flights in 2013. A tracking threshold of 90% was a requirement. The table below includes the top 10 airlines in this category, ranked by on-time arrival performance.
Asia-Pacific Major Airlines
A total of 17 airlines operating just over 2.9 million flights in 2013 were analyzed for the Asia-Pacific Major Airlines category. A tracking coverage of 90% was required for an airline to be considered for an award in this category. FlightStats continues to improve its data coverage and accuracy in Asia, especially in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where our coverage exceeded 90% in 2013. Improving Asian coverage remains a priority for FlightStats, and we will continue to work with key partners to provide visibility into this important region.
Middle East & Africa Major Airlines
This category includes major airlines from the Middle East and Africa regions and includes 10 carriers that operated just over 1 million flights in 2013. Since data tracking coverage in these regions is a bit more challenging than elsewhere in the world, the threshold was lowered to just under 80%. The table below lists the top 10 airlines ranked by on-time arrival performance. *Flight status coverage threshold set at 80%.
South America Major Airlines
FlightStats data tracking coverage in South America is more limited than in most other geographies resulting in a shorter list of major carriers. In addition, the tracking threshold was set to 70%. The top 7 airlines meeting the criteria operated just under 1.2 million flights in 2013. The results are listed in the table below sorted by on-time arrival performance. *Flight status coverage threshold set at 70%
Low-Cost Airlines – New
FlightStats tracks the on-time performance of many of the world’s largest low cost carriers and, therefore, has included an LCC category this year. A tracking threshold of 90% was used for this category. Note that two of the world’s largest LCCs, easyJet and Ryanair, are not included due to insufficient data tracking coverage. This is unfortunate since, based on the available data, both airlines appeared to do very well and we hope to include them in the future.