oneworld is best alliance for on-time flights – for sixth year running

07 January 2019

oneworld® is the best alliance for on-time flights, according to FlightGlobal Incorporating FlightStats, the leading airline industry data services and solutions technology company, which ranks oneworld as the alliance with the most punctual airline operations in 2018 for the sixth year running.

It means oneworld has retained this premier on-time status since FlightGlobal’s FlightStats started tracking alliance punctuality.

This latest honour means that oneworld is now the current holder of seven “best airline alliance” titles internationally – more than twice as many as both other global airline alliances combined.

The ranking is based on analysis by FlightGlobal’s FlightStats of some 45 million flights operated by hundreds of airlines globally in the past year – which showed that oneworld members collectively maintained a more punctual operation across the 12 months than their counterparts in the other global airline groups. 

FlightGlobal’s FlightStats’ study of the 4,6 million oneworld flights in 2018 - operated by the alliance's 13 member airlines and their 30 affiliated carriers, serving more than 1.000 destinations in 150 plus countries - showed 81,59 per cent of them departed on time.

oneworld member airlines collectively also achieved the best arrival punctuality in 2018, with 80,22 per cent of them landing on-time, a 2 point improvement on either competitor global alliance.

oneworld members also took top honours FlightGlobal’s FlightStats’ 2018 awards for individual airlines. 

Qatar Airways was the world’s most punctual international network airline with 89,80 per cent of its 177.324 flights monitored departing on time.

Three other oneworld members also made it to the world’s Top 10 airline network list – 2017’s winner Iberia, American Airlines and LATAM.

FlightGlobal Incorporating FlightStats says its awards are “designed to recognise the hard work of the airlines that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver on their promise to get passengers to their destinations on-time”.  It curates the data from more than 600 global sources.  For full details, see 

Other “best airline alliance” awards currently held by oneworld include:

  • Business Traveler's 2018 Best Airline Alliance for the sixth year running.

  • Global Traveler magazine's 2018 GT Tested Reader Survey - for the ninth year in a row.

  • Trazees' Favorite Airline Alliance, for the second time.

  • Business Traveler North America's 2018 Best in Business Travel Awards, for the fourth consecutive year.

  • World Travel Awards' World's Leading Airline Alliance 2018 for the 16th year running.

  • Frequent Business Traveler's 2018 GlobeRunner Award as Best Airline Alliance. 

About oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.  oneworld members include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  Royal Air Maroc is a oneworld member elect.  Fiji Airways has just joined as the first oneworld connect partner.  As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Serve more than 1.000 airports in 160 plus territories, with some 14.000 daily departures.

  • Carry almost 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3.500 aircraft.

  • Generate some US$ 135 billion annual revenues.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.  Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.