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 9th October 2021.

Airline Performance Review: Flights, OTP & Cancellations — 9th 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 9th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 9th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 9th October 2021
Contained Airlines
Definitions
Data Source

Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 9th October 2021

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

Although American Airlines remained the world’s largest airline, the American carrier’s flight volume fell below 6,000 flights again. Nevertheless, AA still operates almost 1,600 more flights than United on position two. Talking about United: Once again UA has surpassed Delta and ranks second. It’s amazing to see how the two airlines battle for second place.

Ryanair defeats the fifth position against the big Chinese airlines. As a result, Ryanair remains the world’s biggest airline outside the United States.

Besides, not much has changed. Lufthansa operated more than 1,000 daily flights for the first time in a couple of days.

RankIATAAirlineFlights
1AAAmerican Airlines5,719
2UAUnited Airlines4,136
3DLDelta Air Lines4,041
4WNSouthwest Airlines3,398
5FRRyanair2,413
6CZChina Southern Airlines2,227
7MUChina Eastern Airlines2,085
8CAAir China1,392
96EIndiGo1,379
10TKTurkish Airlines1,368
11LHLufthansa1,074
12ASAlaska Airlines1,027
13U2easyJet1,020
14B6JetBlue Airways808
15SUAeroflot779
16W6Wizz Air692
17HUHainan Airlines617
18AFAir France576
19KLKLM565
20BABritish Airways508
Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 9th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021

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

Kuwait Airways defeated the first rank for the second consecutive day. Nevertheless, we have to remind you that Kuwait Airways currently operates a very meager amount daily flights. On positions two to four, we have Vueling, Aer Lingus, and Aeroflot.

Saudi Arabian Airlines ranks fifth — and actually is part of the top 15 for the first time in a while. Overall the punctuality seemed to be a bit poorer than in previous days.

RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
1KUKuwait Airways95,8
2VYVueling94,5
3EIAer Lingus94,3
4SUAeroflot94,2
5SVSaudi Arabian Airlines93,0
6MUChina Eastern Airlines92,5
7CZChina Southern Airlines92,2
8IBIberia92,1
9S7S7 Airlines91,9
10CAAir China90,5
11SGSpiceJet90,0
12UAUnited Airlines88,9
13AZAlitalia88,7
14DPPobeda88,4
15HUHainan Airlines88,1
Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021

Air Arabia operated only 60% of its flights on time (Picture source)

The Lufthansa Group seemed to be in trouble yesterday. Lufthansa ranks 53rd — almost at the very bottom of the list. The German flag carrier operated only 70% of its flights on time. Swiss, another airline of the Lufthansa Group, achieved a similar result. And, even Eurowings —which delivered impressive on-time performance the recent months— ranks only 42nd.

RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
40AYFinnair81,1
41B6JetBlue Airways79,3
42EWEurowings79,2
44G8GoAir77,7
45WNSouthwest Airlines75,9
46EYEtihad73,3
47WFWideroe73,1
48AIAir India73,1
49WYOman Air72,5
50FZflyDubai72,1
51PCPegasus Airlines71,9
52LXSwiss70,6
53LHLufthansa70,2
54G9Air Arabia60,4
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 9th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 9th October 2021

Once again, Ryanair was the most reliable airline
Once again, Ryanair was the most reliable airline

After a couple of days, Ryanair is back at the top of the list. The airline operated 100% of its flights as scheduled. easyJet, which ranked first in the last days achieved a similar result. However, since we rank according to the number of flights in a second step, easyJet ranks only second.

Overall we see many European airlines that achieved 100% schedule reliability: Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air, British Airways, Swiss, TAP, Pobeda, Norwegian, Finnair, LOT, Aegean, and Brussels Airlines.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)
1FRRyanair100
2U2easyJet100
3W6Wizz Air100
4BABritish Airways100
5PCPegasus Airlines100
6LXSwiss100
7TPTAP Air Portugal100
8DPPobeda100
9DYNorwegian100
10FZflyDubai100
11AYFinnair100
12LOLOT Polish Airlines100
13XYflynas100
14SNBrussels Airlines100
15A3Aegean Airlines100
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 9th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 9th October 2021

With schedule reliability of 66%, Alitalia is again at the bottom of the list.

Alitalia continues to be the airline with the poorest schedule reliability. Similar to yesterday’s ranking, Alitalia ranks last. The Italian carrier —which will cease operations on the 15th of October— canceled almost 35% of its flights. Looking at the absolute numbers, Southwest Airlines leads the pack with 688 cancellations.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)
40SK SAS – Scandinavian Airlines98,3
41AIAir India98,1
42UAUnited Airlines98,0
44AAAmerican Airlines97,4
45WYOman Air96,7
46GFGulf Air94,5
47SVSaudi Arabian Airlines92,8
48G8GoAir92,6
49CZChina Southern Airlines88,6
50HUHainan Airlines86,2
51CAAir China81,3
52WNSouthwest Airlines79,7
53MUChina Eastern Airlines75,4
54AZAlitalia66,8
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 9th 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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