IN BRIEF | Qantas and Virgin Australia clock over 80% for on-time arrivals and departures, according to Federal Government statistics, but it seems that's not enough to get them into the world's-best category.
Japan's two major airlines, on the other hand, are achieving 90% on-time performance according to the FlightStats flight information service.
ANA picked up the FlightStats 2011 On-time Performance Award for International Airlines with 90.18% of flights arriving at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. That's just a whisker ahead of JAL's 90.14%.
None the less, Qantas and Virgin Australia can take some solace that FlightStats recorded average on-time performance across the category of 77.79%, putting them slightly ahead of the pace.
Alaska Airlines took the gong for most punctual North American airlines with on-time arrivals at 87.79%, while Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is the airline to beat in Europe with on-time performance sitting at 88.22%.