Aeroflot Ranked Number 1 For On-Time Performance In 2019

One of the most exciting things about the new year is discovering all of the firm facts and figures from the previous year. Today, Cirium has released its On-Time Performance figures for 2019, which show that Aeroflot was the most punctual airline of the year.

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Aeroflot was the most punctual airline in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

With over 500 staff including analysts, Cirium definitely understands the numbers when it comes to aviation. They’ve just released their annual On-Time Performance review, which shows that the Russian flag carrier was the most punctual airline during 2019. This was closely followed by ANA in the number 2 spot. Delta Air Lines claimed third place and was the most punctual US carrier. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers.

Aeroflot takes the top spot

Aeroflot was crowned the most punctual airline of 2019 by data experts Cirium. In fact, across the whole year, 87.06% of the Russian flag carrier’s flights arrived at their destination on time. This is despite seeing a poorer than average on-time performance in January.


Aeroflot operated a total of 272,529 flights in 2019, flying a total distance of just under 533 million kilometers. This gave each aircraft in the fleet an average daily utilization of around 10 hours. However, Aeroflot wasn’t Russia’s only success story. Aeroflot’s competitor S7 Airlines had the second-best OTP for mainline operations within Europe.

S7 came second in Europe. Photo: Getty Images

However, the other main takeaway is that Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) ranked number one for on-time departures with a rate of 95.01%. The 219 routes served by the airport experienced an average delay of just 15 minutes in 2019 according to Cirium.

ANA comes second

All Nippon Airlines of Japan clinched the second-place spot, with an overall on-time arrival rate of 85.13% during 2019. However, ANA’s average fleet utilization per day was just 70% that of Aeroflot according to Cirium. In fact, each aircraft averaged 7 hours of use per day.


ANA operated a total of 193,318 flights in 2019. This is significantly lower than Aeroflot. As a result, the airline’s total mileage was also lower at 373.68 million kilometers. The airline’s most flown route was from Haneda to Fukuoka Airport, which was operated 6,199 times one way in 2019 with over 2 million seats available.

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ANA clocked the second spot. Photo: Getty Images

Delta claims the top spot in North America

Delta Air Lines came third overall in the on-time rankings. However, the American carrier was the most punctual in North America. In fact, 84.84 of Delta’s flights were on time. With over 900 aircraft in its active fleet, the airline operated over a million flights in 2019, 1,011,488 to be exact.

According to Cirium, this meant that the American carrier clocked almost 2 billion miles flown by its aircraft. These had an average daily utilization of 9.31 hours. The airline’s most frequented route was Atlanta to La Guardia which clocked 5,166 flights in each direction.

All of the data presented in this article was drawn from Cirium’s 2019 On-Time Performance Review, which can be downloaded from their website,

What do you make of the figures announced by Cirium today? Do you think Aeroflot deserves the top spot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Gerry S

If it was determined that Aeroflot had the most OTP after careful analysis then of course they deserve this title. It is indisputable. Unless one does not believe the process was fair and accurate. More important to me, however, is that my favorite airline, Delta is #1 in North America. I fly them regularly on ATL to LGA (also Jet Blue and Spirit) and I can definitely vouch for their OTP. Always reliable.

Gerry S

Correction: Fly them regularly from FLL to LGA.


I’m a bit surprised to see Delta near the top of the list for most on time flights, because this last summer I flew them four times and only one of those times where there no delays of some sort. I missed flights a number of times as a result of tight connections created by delays. That’s not to say anything poor about Delta though, their service throughout all the delays I experienced was excellent, as is the on board product!


The report from OAG has just been released. The result is different.