And again this Saturday, El Al passengers will be delayed on their way to Israel due to a malfunction: El Al's LY 26 flight departing from New York tonight on it's way to Tel Aviv was diverted to Halifax Canada Airport landing due to smoke spread in the passenger compartment.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was not declared usable and is currently awaiting technical examination. Either way, more than 200 travelers will not be able to land in Israel before the Sabbath, and they will have to stay in Canada for the weekend, where the temperature is minus 11 degrees. The plane is waiting at the airport in Canada for an inspection by a technical team that will arrive in the next few hours.
El Al said: "El Al's flight from New York (Newark) to Tel Aviv had to land in Halifax Canada, due to the smell of smoke from the back kitchen area of the plane. All passengers are being treated by company representatives. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers."
The question is whether a flight delay due to a technical fault is recorded in the airline's late registration
Meanwhile, the list of the most accurate companies in the world was published. Russian airline Aeroflot heads the ranking, which was released by Cirium Research. The data that analyzes the industry are based on 35 million flights a year, which constitutes 97% of commercial flights. That's about 100,000 flights a day. The report refers to the landing time relative to the original scheduled flight schedule.
Aeroflot scored 87% of its flights, placing it at the top of the world rankings and in the European market. Japanese airline ANA ranked second with 86.3% accuracy on its flights. In fifth place was the Japanese airline competing with JAL - what detracted from the performance of these two companies was typhoons that disrupted the flight schedule in September and October.
The ranking winner in 2018, American Airlines Delta Airlines, took third place with 85.7 percent accuracy on its flights. South American airline LATAM, which at the end of 2018 launched a direct line from Tel Aviv to Chile and Brazil, was ranked high (leading to the Global Network segment rating) and also presented the best improvements. The fourth place in the overall ranking was taken by the Brazilian low-cost company Azul. In sixth place, Alitalia was rated with about 82% accuracy of its flights, followed by Air France, Emirates, Korean Air and SAS.
Cirium's rating examines each market individually, Asia, USA, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, which also ranks EL AL. On Saturday, this delay will be longer, which puts El Al in ninth place in the Middle East market, led by Qatar Airways with 82.5% accuracy in its second place. Seventh is Turkish Airlines with an accuracy of 76.5% of its flights, and below El Al, shutting down the Middle East Ajift Air with 62% of its accuracy.