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Planning to fly? Check out these 15 global airlines

Last updated on: July 23, 2013 07:55 IST

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Stormy weather significantly impacted June’s air traffic performance in North America. North American airlines, on average, delivered 73.57 per cent of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in June compared with 79.98 per cent in May. The group’s cancellations decreased to 2.10 per cent up from 1.29 per cent, according to FlightStats.

In Europe, a mix of major and regional airlines turned in solid performances in June despite the French air traffic controller strike, it says.

Meanwhile, nine of the top 10 Asian airlines delivered greater than 90 per cent of their flights to the gate on time in June. The average on-time performance rating among the 41 Asian airlines we analysed was 68.86 per cent, down from May’s 72.39 per cent. Cancellations for the group were 2.00 per cent, says FlightStats.

Soure: FlightStats

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Finnair

On-time average in June: 90.34 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.44 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Vantaa

Country: Finland

Finnair, which was launched on November 1, 1923, flies to 60 cities in Europe, 11 in Asia and provides connections to more than 800 destinations around the world.

It flies around 10 million travellers every year and has a staff strength of about 10,000. With no serious accident since 1963, it has been voted as one of the safest carriers in the globe.

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Image: Passenger planes of Finnish national airline Finnair stand on the tarmac of Helsinki international airport in Finland.
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KLM

On-time average in June: 89.70 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.29 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.01 per cent

Headquarters: Amstelveen

Country: The Netherlands

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded on October, 7, 1919, to serve the Netherlands and its colonies. KLM is today the oldest airline still operating under its original name. It has been part of the Air Frace KLM group since the merger in 2004. Through its trans-Atlantic joint-venture, KLM operates 260 daily flights, carries 17 million passengers and earns $12 billion in revenue.

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Loganair

On-time average in June: 87.90 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 1.34 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Glasgow International Airport

Country: Scotland, Great Britain

Loganair began in 1962 as air taxi service of Logan Construction Company, operating a single Piper Aztec from Edinburgh. In 2012, Loganair celebrated its 50th anniversary of service to its home markets in Scotland, as well as its expanding network in Ireland and England. Loganair now also flies across the North Sea to the oil and gas town of Den Helder in the Netherlands.

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Easyjet

On-time average in June: 87.20 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 2.52 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.04 per cent

Headquarters: Luton Airport in London

Country: United Kingdom

Easyjet was launched in March 1995 by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou to offer low-cost flights in Europe. The airline, which flies on more popular routes across Europe than any other airline, carried more than 50 million travellers in 2012, making it the second-largest budget carrier after Ryanair.

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Rossiya

On-time average in June: 86.63 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.26 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Saint Petersburg

Country: Russia

The airline, which carries more than four million passengers per year, began operating flights on October 29, 2006. The fleet consists of 33 modern airliners, including An-148-100V used on short distance operations and Boeing 767-300 for long-haul flights.

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LOT - Polish Airlines

On-time average in June: 86.59 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.70 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Warsaw

Country: Poland

The airline launched its first flight on January 1, 1929. The carrier, one of the world's oldest, has a fleet of 55 aircraft and operates to 60 cities from its base in Warsaw, Poland. It carried 46 million passengers in 2011, 24,500 tonnes of cargo and generated revenue of 3.30 billion Polish zloty.

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Image: A Polish LOT and SwissAir aircraft pass each other at Okecie airport in Warsaw, Poland.
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Iberia

On-time average in June: 85.70 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.64 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Madrid

Country: Spain

Iberia is Spain’s largest air transport group and, after its merger with British Airways in January 2011, it has become the third-largest in Europe and the sixth largest in the world in terms of revenues. It is also the leading airline on routes between Europe and Latin America.

The airline, which has been operating for the past 85 years, carried 54.6 million passengers in 2012, 6.08 million tonnes of cargo, has 59.574 employees and flies 133 aircraft to 91 destinations in 35 countries.

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Image: An Iberia passenger plane taxis on the tarmac of Madrid's Barajas airport in Spain.
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SAS

On-time average in June: 85.30 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 1.08 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.01 per cent

Headquarters: Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Country: Sweden

SAS was formed in 1946 and the first flight took off from Stockholm to New York. Today, the group transports 28 million passengers to 136 destinations around the world.

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Aegean Airlines

On-time average in June: 84.62 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.23 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Attica

Country: Greece

The airline began operating in 1999 and currently has 30 planes flying to 48 destinations. In 2010 Aegean Airlines carried 6,100,000 passengers, of which 50 per cent were foreigners, according to Wikipedia.

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Aeroflot

On-time average in June: 83.17 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 1.01 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Moscow

Country: Russia

July 15, 1923, marks the introduction of the first regular domestic route between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. Through its hub at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Aeroflot operates flights to 122 destinations in 52 countries (36 destinations in Russia). In 2012, Aeroflot carried more 17.6 million passengers (24.6 per cent increase on 2011).

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Turkish Airlines

On-time average in June: 82.42 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.23 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Istanbul

Country: Turkey

The airline's first international flight was to Greece on February 12, 1947. Today it carries 40 million passengers to 197 international and 37 domestic airports. It's the fourth-biggest airline in the world in terms of destinations.

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Image: A Turkish Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft is welcomed to Malta by a water arch created by two airport fire fighting vehicles at Malta International Airport outside Valletta.
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Lufthansa

On-time average in June: 81.13 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 1.18 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Cologne

Country: Germany

The Lufthansa Group is an aviation group with global operations and a total of more than 400 subsidiaries and associated companies. It is divided into five business segments, which cover the areas of passenger transportation, airfreight and airline services: Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering and IT Services. The airlines constitute the core business segment of the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines enjoy an outstanding reputation in the market as quality airlines.

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Swiss

On-time average in June: 79.03 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 1.20 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.00 per cent

Headquarters: Zurich

Country: Swizerland

Swiss International Air Lines serves 74 destinations in 38 countries all over the world from its Zurich hub and the further Swiss international airports of Basel and Geneva with a fleet of 92 aircraft.

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Air France

On-time average in June: 72.64 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 4.55 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.01 per cent

Headquarters: Paris

Country: France

It has built a well-balanced network offering passengers a wide choice of flights out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, the main hub for Air France traffic, in addition to Paris-Orly, essentially operating point-to-point flights, and Lyon-Saint-Exupery, linking major regional and European destinations.

Air France, which began operations on October 7, 1933, today carries 78 million passengers per year.

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British Airways

On-time average in June: 65.98 per cent

Percentage of cancelled flights: 0.65 per cent

Percentage of diverted flights: 0.02 per cent

Headquarters: London

Country: The United Kingdom

British Airways can trace its origins back to August 1919 when one of its forerunners launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris. It is one of the world’s leading airlines and is part of International Airlines Group. It is based at London's Heathrow and is the airport’s major operator with about 50 per cent of flights to and from the airport. The airline operates in excess of 300,000 flights per year to 160 different cities.


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