punctual airline Delta Airlines

World’s most punctual airline: Delta Air Lines. Image: Unsplash

World’s most punctual global airline operates two SA routes!

The most punctual airline in the world (data from last month) flies between the USA and two South African destinations. 

punctual airline Delta Airlines

World’s most punctual airline: Delta Air Lines. Image: Unsplash

Delta Airlines, which operates domestic and international flights to, from, and within the United States holds the record for being the world’s most on-time airline in October, according to recent data.

The company operates flights to a global network, which includes services between Atlanta and Johannesburg as well as Cape Town.  


US-based carrier Delta Air Lines was ranked the most punctual airline globally in October, according to Cirium’s monthly On-Time Performance (OTP) report.

Delta scored an On-Time Performance rating of 90.84%.


Currently, Delta is the only airline operating non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Atlanta in the USA.

The flight departs Johannesburg at 22:50 and arrives in Atlanta at 08:20 the next day.

The airline uses an Airbus A350-900 to operate the 8437 mile flight.


On 17 December last year, Delta launched a thrice-weekly year-round nonstop service between Cape Town and Atlanta.

The flight from Cape Town to Atlanta operates on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with a flying time of 16 hours and 10 minutes.

Delta also uses an Airbus A350-900 aircraft to operate flights on the route.


The other airline operating flights between South Africa and the USA is United Airlines. It also scores quite high in punctuality.

United Airlines, came in third place, behind Delta Air Lines and Qatar Airways, with an On-Time Performance score of 86.31%

The carrier flies between Johannesburg and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport.  The 16-hour flight is operated with a Boeing 787-900 aircraft.

United also flies between Cape Town and New York. The 16-hour and 5-minute flight is also operated by a Boeing 787-900 aircraft.


Simple Flying states that Cirium gathers data for its reports and publications through its partners, such as airlines, airports and lessors.

It then analyses information received from more than 2 000 data sources and publishes its monthly OTP report.

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