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The world’s most punctual airline has been named but you may not guess what it is

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/01/2018 Alice Howarth

© Provided by Evening Standard Limited A Latvian airline has scored top place in a report revealing the world’s most punctual airlines. 

Founded in 1995, AirBaltic is a low-cost airline with 30 aircraft which flies to over sixty destinations. Brits can currently fly direct to Riga from Gatwick, the Latvian capital, and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The report, conducted by aviation analysts, OAG, found that 90.01 per cent of their flights were on time last year.

Known for innovation, in 2013, the airline announced that it would allow its passengers to create their own in-flight meals when they book their tickets. A year later, they became the first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment for flights.

Hong Kong Airlines (88.83 per cent), Hawaiian Airlines (87.24 per cent), Copa Airlines (86.39 per cent) and Qantas Airlines (86.18 per cent) made up the remaining top five but the report didn’t shine a good light on many Chinese carriers. 

The OAG report found that Air China managed to score just 60.14 per cent, China Eastern Airlines 61.8 per cent and China Southern Airlines 64.19 per cent.

Here is the full list of the world's most punctual airlines:

  1. airBaltic - 90.01 per cent OTP
  2. Hong Kong Airlines - 88.83 per cent
  3. Hawaiian Airlines - 87.24 per cent
  4. Copa Airlines - 86.39 per cent
  5. Qantas Airways - 86.18 per cent
  6. Japan Airlines - 85.27 per cent
  7. Vueling Airlines - 85.25 per cent
  8. Jetstar Asia - 85.08 per cent
  9. Skymark Airlines - 85.00 per cent
  10. Aer Lingus - 84.46 per cent
  11. Transavia - 84.25 per cent
  12. Azul - 84.14 per cent
  13. Singapore Airlines - 84.07 per cent
  14. All Nippon Airways - 83.81 per cent
  15. Qatar Airways - 82.95 per cent
  16. Delta Air Lines - 82.76 per cent
  17. Alitalia - 82.40 per cent
  18. Aegean Airlines - 82.38 per cent
  19. Austrian Airlines - 82.15 per cent
  20. Volaris - 82.13 per cent

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