FlightStats Announces Airline Finalists in the Second Annual On-time Performance Awards

OPS Awards program recognizes airlines with the best on-time arrival performance in 2010

FlightStats, a flight tracking and airport information service provided by Conducive Technology Corp., is proud to announce the list of airlines that are finalists in FlightStats’ 2010 On-Time Performance Service (OPS) Awards program. The OPS awards recognize airlines around the world that deliver the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.

“We were happy to have launched the On-Time Performance Awards last year and are very excited to make this an annual event. We are honored at the growing prestige airlines around the globe place on being able to proudly display the FlightStats On-Time Performance winner badge.” said Jeff Kennedy, Conducive Technology Corp.’s CEO. The company has been tracking airline on-time performance since 2004 and is uniquely qualified to present these awards as the leading provider of global airline status information.

To determine the finalists, FlightStats examined flight status and arrival data for 2010 aggregated from global sources including civil aviation authorities, airlines, airports, and major airline reservation systems. Winners in seven categories (up from five last year) will be announced on January 24th.

Awards will be presented for 2010 operational excellence in the following categories:

  • Arrival Performance among Major International Airlines
  • Arrival Performance among Major North American Airlines
  • Arrival Performance among Major European Airlines
  • Arrival Performance among Major Asian Airlines
  • Arrival Performance among Regional North American Airlines

Newly added categories include:

  • Arrival Performance among Regional European Airlines
  • Arrival Performance among Regional Asian Airlines

The Major International Airlines category includes airlines that fly a significant number of trans-oceanic or international flights spanning at least three continents with at least 30,000 flights operated annually. Finalists include:

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Japan Airways International (JAL)
  • Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qatar Airways (W.L.L)
  • Air New Zealand

The Major North American Airlines category includes airlines based in North America and operating at least 30,000 annual scheduled flights within North America. Finalists include:

  • US Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • United Airlines

The Major European Airlines category includes airlines based in Europe and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within Europe. Finalists include:

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
  • Tarom-Romanian Air Transport
  • Aeroflot Russian Airlines

The Major Asian Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in Asia with service concentrated in Asia and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within Asia. Finalists include:

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Korean Air Lines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways International
  • Japan Airlines International (JAL)

The Regional North American Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in North America with service concentrated in certain regions, states and provinces in North America and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually. Finalists include:

  • Mesa Airlines
  • PSA Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Horizon Air
  • Porter Airlines

The Regional European Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in Europe with service concentrated in Europe and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually. Finalists include:

  • bmi Regional
  • Wideroe’s Flyveselskap A/S
  • Binter Canarias
  • Aer Arann Express
  • KLM Cityhopper

The Regional Asian Airlines category includes airlines based in Asia with service concentrated in Asia and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually. Finalists include:

  • Japan Transocean Air Co.
  • JAL Express
  • Bangkok Airways Co.
  • J-Air
  • Air Nippon Network Co.

Additional Selection Criteria:

    1. Airline performance was determined based on on-time arrivals (arrived at the gate within 15 minutes of the published scheduled arrival).

    2. Awards are based solely on performance results for flights operated by the carrier (no codeshares or regional subsidiary flights were considered).

    3. Performance was assessed only for airlines where FlightStats could accurately determine the outcome of at least 50% of the carrier’s flights.

    4. Only scheduled passenger flights were included in the analysis (no charter, unscheduled, or cargo flights were considered).

    5. For the North American, European and Asian regional awards, only flights departing and arriving within the corresponding regions were included in the analysis.

    6. For global airlines awards, all flights operated by the airlines were evaluated

Winners will be announced on January 24, 2011