4 Chinese Airlines Listed Among the Worst in the World

By Rachel Deason, January 13, 2017

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Aviation insights company FlightStats recently released its annual list of the best and worst performing international airlines, and it's not looking good for China.

The company only considers flight punctuality when compiling the data, so anyone who has flown a Chinese airline will not be surprised to learn that four of the bottom ten are from the Middle Kingdom (Hong Kong included). This is due in large part to the country’s airspace being dominated by the military.

READ MORE: Can China Tackle its Terrible Flight Delays?

The data were culled from 500 sources, including flight-tracking and positional services, airport runway times, radar services, airline records, airport data, and such governing bodies as Eurocontrol and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Without further ado, here are the world’s 10 worst-performing airlines in 2016, along with their overall likelihood of flight delays.

1. El Al – 56 percent
2. Icelandair – 41.05 percent
3. Air India – 38.71 percent
4. Philippine Airlines – 38.33 percent
5. Asiana Airlines – 37.46 percent
6. China Eastern Airlines – 35.8 percent
7. Hong Kong Airlines – 33.42 percent
8. Air China – 32.73 percent
9. Korean Air – 31.74 percent
10. Hainan Airlines – 30.3 percent

Worst Performing Airlines

And the 10 best-performing…

1. KLM – 11.47 percent
2. Iberia – 11.82 percent
3. JAL – 12.2 percent
4. Qatar Airways – 13.66 percent
5. Austrian – 14.26 percent
6. ANA – 14.46 percent
7. Singapore Airlines – 14.55 percent
8. Delta Air Lines – 14.83 percent
9. TAM Linhas Aéreas – 14.93 percent
10. Qantas – 15.7 percent

Best Performing Airlines

Only airlines with route networks consisting of three or more regions were considered for the list. 

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