Those who insist that traveling is all about the journey should remember this: It really depends on which carrier you are flying.
Aside from variations in cabins and service quality, there is the major concern of how likely you are to be delayed. Fly on the wrong airline and your odds of a delay are as high as 55 percent; choose the right one and that number shrinks way down to just 11 percent. That is enough to make or break a vacation’s spell, no matter where you’re sitting on the plane.
However, how do you know which airlines to steer clear of, and which ones to prioritize?
Every year, the aviation insights company FlightStats puts together a list of the international airlines with the best on-time performance records. It is the capstone to the company’s year-round efforts to track delay and cancellation patterns for airlines across the globe. Reporters asked the firm to share all of its annual findings so that the losers are also known. Without further ado, here are the full results, along with your likelihood of getting delayed on each carrier.
According to Jim Hetzel, vice president of aviation and distribution at FlightStats, compiling the list is no small feat. The only comparable resource is the monthly report that the US Department of Transportation puts out on major domestic carriers.