The world's most punctual airlines
With an overall punctuality score of 90.01 percent, airBaltic surpassed Hong Kong Airlines and topped the list as the world's most punctual airlines in 2017. The past year's winner, Japan Airlines (JAL) only came on fifth place this year.
Japan's flag carrier airline was established by the Japanese government in 1941. The Tokyo-headquartered airline's main hubs include Tokyo's Narita International Airport and Tokyo International Airport. In 2001, Japan Airlines merged with Japan Air System forming the Japan Airlines System, becoming – at the time of the merger – one of the top-ten largest airlines in the world. As of March 2016, the airline’s passenger fleet consisted of various Boeing variants; it owns 23 Boeing 787-8 and 51 Boeing 737-800, as well as 13 Saab 340B meant for domestic flights. The airline currently serves 54 international routes and more than 127 domestic routes. International destinations include China, the United States and India.
Germany's Lufthansa was ranked ninth in 2015 but didn't make the top in the past years. Lufthansa is among the top ranked airlines in terms of brand value but was dealing with a lot of pilot strikes and cancelled flights in 2016. Lufthansa operates out of Cologne, and its major hub include Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf Zurich and Vienna.