Punctuality is something United States carriers often struggle to maintain.
But in airline data provider OAG’s annual airline punctuality report out today, United Airlines at least has a little something to hold over its archrival American Airlines. Both carriers have a major presence in Chicago.
In OAG’s punctuality rankings of North American-based carriers for the year 2016, Chicago-based United Airlines beat out American for punctuality for the entirety of the year.
United, which focused intently on improving on-time performance during the past year, jumped up three places in the rankings to finish in sixth place for the year, with 80.01 percent of its flights arriving on time throughout all of 2016.
American was eighth on the list, with 78.44 percent of its flights arriving on time in 2016.
OAG considers a flight to have arrived on time if it gets to the gate within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of its scheduled arrival time.
In OAG’s punctuality report a year ago, American Airlines was ahead of United.
But both American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and UA were bested by Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), which was ranked No. 5 on the chart with 81.04 percent of flights arriving on time. Southwest has its largest hub at Chicago’s Midway Airport.