The Airline Performance Review brings you the latest performance stats of more than 50 of the world’s biggest airlines. Find out everything about how the world’s big carriers performed in terms of flights, punctuality, and schedule reliability. Here are the stats for 10th October 2021.

Airline Performance Review: Flights, OTP & Cancellations — 10th October

Several times a week, we post the latest stats of the world’s leading airlines. In detail, we look at flight volume, on-time performance, and schedule reliability of the recent day. We analyze the list of airlines currently contains 54 carriers from three continents (Europe, North America, and Asia). Here’s what’s included in detail:

Airline With Most Flights on 10th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021
Contained Airlines
Definitions
Data Source

Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 10th October 2021

American Airlines - Busiest Airlines on 5th October 2021 by flight volume
American Airlines remains the airline with the highest flight volume

When looking at the airlines with most flights on 10th of October not much changed compared to the last day. However, here are few interesting things:

  • American Airlines flight volume remains below 6,000 flights. After AA had operated more than 6,000 flights at the beginning of October, the airline has been back to ~5,500 the recent days.
  • Delta Air Lines surpasses United Airlines and ranks second — again. So the ping-pong game between Delta Air Lines and United Airlines continues.
  • Lufthansa seems to stabilize above the 1,000 daily flight mark.
RankIATAAirlineFlights
1AAAmerican Airlines5,482
2DLDelta Air Lines4,393
3UAUnited Airlines4,221
4WNSouthwest Airlines3,396
5FRRyanair2,459
6CZChina Southern Airlines2,150
7MUChina Eastern Airlines2,144
8CAAir China1,406
9TKTurkish Airlines1,376
106EIndiGo1,338
11U2easyJet1,266
12ASAlaska Airlines1,076
13LHLufthansa1,058
14B6JetBlue Airways851
15SUAeroflot787
16W6Wizz Air692
17HUHainan Airlines626
18AFAir France616
19KLKLM576
20BABritish Airways543
Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 10th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021

 For the first time, Kuwait Airways is leading the list of the most punctual airlines
Kuwait Airways continues to lead the list of the most punctual airlines

Kuwait Airways defeated the first rank for the third consecutive day. Nevertheless, we have to remind you that Kuwait Airways currently operates a very meager amount of daily flights.

Besides, we have many known top players among the top 10: Aeroflot, Iberia, Aer Lingus, or Vueling. Moreover, two exciting things:

  • Saudi Airlines ranks among the top 10 for the second consecutive day.
  • With United Airlines and American Airlines we have two big U.S. airlines among the top — and with on-time perofmrnace above 90%.
RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
1KUKuwait Airways95,1
2SUAeroflot94,7
3IBIberia94,2
4EIAer Lingus93,8
5VYVueling93,0
6SVSaudi Arabian Airlines92,9
7LOLOT Polish Airlines92,0
8WYOman Air91,6
9S7S7 Airlines91,4
10UAUnited Airlines91,3
11CAAir China91,1
126EIndiGo90,9
13SGSpiceJet90,7
14AAAmerican Airlines90,2
15DYNorwegian89,5
Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021

Wideroe leads the bottom of the list for the first time (Source: Wikipedia)

when looking at the airlines with the poorest on-time performance, it is Wideroe that ranks last today. However, all carriers on the list achieved a punctuality level below 80%.

RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
40WNSouthwest Airlines79,1
41B6JetBlue Airways77,5
42AZAlitalia77,2
44EYEtihad75,2
45VSVirgin Atlantic75,0
46AIAir India74,5
47SK SAS – Scandinavian Airlines73,6
48KLKLM72,3
49LHLufthansa70,7
50G8GoAir70,4
51PCPegasus Airlines70,3
52FZflyDubai68,0
53G9Air Arabia66,6
54WFWideroe64,8
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 10th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021

easyJet ranks 1st as a most reliable airline

After one day of pause, easyJet is back at the top and ranks as the most reliable airline. On positions two and three, we find Air France and KLM, followed by British Airways.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)Canceled Flights
1U2easyJet1000
2AFAir France1000
3KLKLM1000
4BABritish Airways1000
5PCPegasus Airlines1000
6QRQatar Airways1000
7S7S7 Airlines1000
8DYNorwegian1000
9EKEmirates1000
10TPTAP Air Portugal1000
11DPPobeda1000
12OSAustrian Airlines1000
13LOLOT Polish Airlines1000
14AYFinnair1000
15FZflyDubai1000
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021

Southwest had to cancel more than 1,200 flights

It seems that Southwest Airlines had some significant issues on the 10th of October. As a result, the U.S. airline was forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights. Accordingly, the airline ranks last with the lowest reliability on that day. On the other side, the Chinese airlines (China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Air China, and China Eastern) remain part of the low performers with significant reliability problems.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)Canceled Flights
406EIndiGo98,914
41UAUnited Airlines98,658
42SK SAS – Scandinavian Airlines98,48
44KUKuwait Airways97,51
45AAAmerican Airlines96,8171
46GFGulf Air96,23
47HUHainan Airlines95,031
48CZChina Southern Airlines91,9173
49G8GoAir91,3028
50SVSaudi Arabian Airlines90,7241
51CAAir China88,5161
52AZAlitalia84,830
53MUChina Eastern Airlines83,3358
54WNSouthwest Airlines63,31243
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 10th October 2021

Background

Contained Airlines

Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Serbia, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Airlines, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, flyDubai, flynas, GoAir, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, IndiGo, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Pobeda, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Vueling, Wideroe, Wizz Air

Definitions

Flight Volume
In our case, we define flight volume as the number of flights the airline will perform in a certain period, September 2021.

Punctuality
Punctuality counts all flights that arrive on time at their destination airport and puts them into relation to the overall operated number of flights. On-time in this context is defined as +15/-15 compared to the scheduled arrival time. We consider an on-time performance above 90% as good (green), from 80%-90% as ok (orange), and below 80% as weak (red).

Flight Schedule Reliability (Reliability)
Schedule reliability counts the number of actually performed flights concerning scheduled flights. In other words, the percentage of flights that an airline didn’t cancel. We consider schedule reliability above 95% as good (green), from 90%-95% as ok (orange), and below 90% as weak (red).

Data Source

The shown data is based on the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines and airports in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts, click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles and is used by more than 10,000 aviation employees and enthusiasts worldwide!

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