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The World's 21 Most On-Time Airlines (PHOTOS)

Only one U.S. carrier cracked the top 10 on this list.
02/19/2013 09:36am ET | Updated February 19, 2013
Japan Airlines (JAL) jet liners, including a Boeing 777 (C) park at Tokyo's Haneda airport on February 4, 2013. JAL said that its net profit in the nine months to December slipped 3.7 percent to 1.52 billion USD, but the carrier boosted its full-year profit estimate. JAL and rival All Nippon Airways (ANA) have been hit by the worldwide grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner following an emergency landing by an ANA domestic flight earlier this month. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

If you're hoping to land on time, don't fly domestic.

That's the takeaway from a FlightStats-authored review of major international airlines, which reveals that foreign-flagged carriers generally have better on-time performance than their American counterparts.

Delta is the only U.S. carrier to crack the top 10 of the new rankings, with 86 percent of its 2012 flights arriving on time. The number one airline, which is based in Japan, operates slightly better than 90 percent of its flights on time.

FlightStats limited its survey to those airlines that operate at least 30,000 flights a year on at least three continents, so there would be no small-carrier outliers.

American Airlines, which just announced a merger with US Airways, had about 77 percent of its 2012 arrivals land on time, FlightStats said.

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