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The following tables show a breakdown of airline punctuality for scheduled flights between the five London airports and Los Angeles for each year, and the year to date for which data is available.

All flights in both directions on the route are counted, by analysing the punctuality of both arrivals and depatures at the London airport(s).
 
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Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 United Airlines               7.35 86.55 1.89 0.57 528
2 Virgin Atlantic Airways               9.26 78.98 2.22 0.10 1,037
3 Air New Zealand               12.98 71.43 2.75 0.18 546
4 American Airlines               20.80 67.01 8.77 1.13 1,061
5 Norwegian Air Shuttle               24.78 58.23 10.06 1.83 328
6 British Airways               25.31 53.21 8.33 1.10 1,092
  ROUTE AVERAGE 17.07 68.58 5.77 0.76 4,592

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 United Airlines         7.50 89.20 2.27 0.43 704
2 Air New Zealand         7.63 82.74 0.68 0.14 730
3 Delta Air Lines             10.97 79.44 3.15 0.56 540
4 Virgin Atlantic Airways         12.74 80.81 4.15 0.57 1,230
5 American Airlines         14.50 75.42 4.58 0.87 1,265
6 British Airways         17.67 66.90 4.83 0.55 1,450
7 Norwegian Air Shuttle         21.41 66.46 10.06 1.22 328
  ROUTE AVERAGE 13.36 76.79 4.00 0.59 6,247

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Delta Air Lines                           6.92 92.13 3.15 0.00 127
2 United Airlines         8.53 85.10 3.44 0.29 698
3 Air New Zealand         9.00 82.78 2.34 0.28 726
4 Virgin Atlantic Airways         12.58 80.99 4.20 0.41 1,215
5 American Airlines         18.56 76.79 5.22 1.10 728
6 British Airways         23.10 56.84 5.46 1.24 1,448
7 Norwegian Air Shuttle                     36.83 72.38 11.43 3.81 105
  ROUTE AVERAGE 15.75 74.38 4.46 0.77 5,047

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 United Airlines         9.86 85.47 4.27 0.71 702
2 American Airlines         12.56 76.48 3.03 0.41 727
3 Virgin Atlantic Airways         13.76 79.00 5.21 0.62 1,286
4 British Airways         27.43 59.50 9.28 1.98 1,864
  ROUTE AVERAGE 18.53 71.65 6.38 1.16 4,579

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 American Airlines         12.03 75.35 3.50 0.42 714
2 Virgin Atlantic Airways         14.08 76.13 6.50 0.38 1,324
3 United / Continental         14.88 76.16 5.92 0.72 692
4 British Airways         18.34 63.48 5.50 0.43 1,873
  ROUTE AVERAGE 15.62 70.87 5.54 0.46 4,603

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways         11.20 79.00 3.01 0.36 1,395
2 United Airlines         11.70 83.52 5.73 0.72 698
3 American Airlines         13.66 75.48 5.48 0.55 730
4 British Airways         18.47 63.46 5.04 0.71 1,984
  ROUTE AVERAGE 14.64 72.71 4.62 0.58 4,807

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 United Airlines         13.62 81.81 5.30 0.43 698
2 American Airlines         17.66 66.38 6.10 0.85 705
3 Virgin Atlantic Airways         21.92 56.86 8.35 0.70 1,282
4 British Airways         31.01 50.18 11.67 2.05 1,903
  ROUTE AVERAGE 23.77 59.35 8.91 1.24 4,588

2009
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         10.37 85.81 4.73 0.56 719
2 American Airlines         17.12 75.72 5.62 0.55 729
3 Virgin Atlantic         17.48 69.12 6.18 0.71 1,263
4 British Airways         22.84 59.72 7.39 1.59 2,016
  AVERAGE ALL 4 AIRLINES > > > 18.63 68.67 6.39 1.04 4,727
 


2008
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 American Airlines         15.49 68.25 4.47 0.54 1,118
2 United Airlines         16.34 74.97 6.40 0.56 719
3 Air France *         21.55 50.93 7.87 0.00 432
4 Virgin Atlantic         24.11 56.09 10.94 0.89 1,453
5 British Airways         28.34 43.72 10.19 1.21 2,070
  AVERAGE ALL 5 AIRLINES > > > 22.80 55.97 8.63 0.83 5,792
^ - Air France operated LHR-LAX between March and November 2008


2007
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         11.36 80.06 3.74 0.69 722
2 American Airlines         18.47 65.80 5.40 0.70 1,149
3 Virgin Atlantic         24.74 52.82 11.33 0.89 1,456
4 British Airways         30.37 39.28 12.15 0.95 1,991
5 MAXjet ^         45.15 56.59 27.13 10.08 129
  AVERAGE ALL 5 AIRLINES > > > 24.19 54.31 9.75 1.06 5,447
^ - MAXjet commenced STN-LAX during August 2007

2006
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         15.85 71.87 4.97 0.99 1,006
2 American Airlines         21.75 60.85 6.02 1.15 1,129
3 Virgin Atlantic         29.38 52.59 13.04 1.73 1,449
4 British Airways         29.73 48.43 10.67 1.43 1,883
  AVERAGE ALL 4 AIRLINES > > > 25.44 56.41 9.29 1.37 5,467
 

2005
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         9.65 83.15 2.47 0.14 730
2 American Airlines         12.15 75.28 2.80 0.61 1,141
3 British Airways         20.23 58.61 6.98 0.66 1,805
4 Virgin Atlantic         21.12 60.46 7.80 1.24 1,449
  AVERAGE ALL 4 AIRLINES > > > 17.18 66.34 5.64 0.74 5,125
 

2004
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         11.23 81.72 2.75 0.36 837
2 American Airlines         15.85 69.55 3.50 0.44 1,143
3 Virgin Atlantic         24.42 56.55 9.66 1.61 1,305
4 British Airways         25.83 55.66 8.67 0.84 1,545
  AVERAGE ALL 4 AIRLINES > > > 20.55 63.71 6.69 0.87 4,830
 

2003
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 United Airlines         10.81 84.29 2.60 0.41 732
2 American Airlines         11.11 79.70 2.21 0.41 724
3 Virgin Atlantic         19.21 65.07 7.08 0.68 1,314
4 British Airways         24.03 62.57 8.72 1.92 1,456
  AVERAGE ALL 4 AIRLINES > > > 18.03 70.04 6.03 1.02 4,226
 

 
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