Delta Air Lines passengers watch as a Delta plane taxis at Hartsfield-Jackson. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta ranks near top in on-time performance for first quarter

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines ranked near the top among U.S. carriers for on-time performance in the first quarter of the year, according to a federal report.

For January-March 2018, Delta was No. 2 for punctuality with an 86.37 percent on-time arrival rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Alaska Airlines held the No. 1 spot with an 87 percent on-time rate.

However, Delta’s regional carrier subsidiary Endeavor Air ranked 13th out of 18 carriers for on-time performance.

Airline on-time arrival rate, January-March 2018

1. Alaska, 87.02%

2. Delta, 86.37%

3. Hawaiian, 84.8%

4. United, 84.4%

5. Spirit, 83.37%

6. American, 81.89%

7. Southwest, 79.34%

8. Mesa, 78.94%

9. Allegiant, 78.45%

10. Republic, 77.98%

11. SkyWest, 77.91%

12. Virgin Amerca, 77.61%

13. Endeavor, 76.96%

14. Envoy, 76.51%

15. ExpressJet, 76.29%

16. Frontier, 75.77%

17. PSA, 72.65%

18. JetBlue, 67.92%

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

For the month of March alone, Delta ranked No. 1 for on-time performance with 86.97 percent of flights arriving on time, followed closely behind by Alaska at 86.77 percent.

About the Author

Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport. She started at the AJC in 2008, joining the paper from the Denver Post. 

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