FlightStats Announces 6th Annual “Best of the Best” Awards Finalists

January 23rd, 2015, Portland, OR – FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight and airport information services, has released the finalists for the 6th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards.
A full detailed report announcing the winners in each category will be announced the week of January 26th – 29th, 2014.
The report covers airlines in the following categories:

1. Major Global
2. Major Alliance
3. North America
4. Europe
5. Asia – Pacific
6. Middle East – Africa
7. Latin America
8. Low-Cost Carrier

FlightStats has published the On-time Performance Service (OPS) Awards for the last six years in an effort to recognize the “Best of the Best” Airlines that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver on their promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner.

FlightStats is in a unique position to provide this service given its leadership role in data collecting, hosting and distributing real-time and historic flight data to the global travel community. FlightStats collects and harmonizes over 500 sources of data to produce a comprehensive database managed in our core data platform. We are the most reliable, resourceful and relevant data provider for flight data, solutions and services.

The Finalists: (in alphabetical order)

Major Global International Airlines:

•          Air Berlin
•          ANA
•          Iberia
•          Japan Airlines
•          KLM
•          LAN Airlines
•          Lufthansa
•          SAS
•          Saudia
•          Singapore Airlines

North America – Major Airlines:

•          Air Canada
•          Alaska Airlines
•          American Airlines
•          Delta Air Lines
•          Frontier Airlines
•          JetBlue Airways
•          Southwest Airlines
•          US Airways
•          Virgin America
•          WestJet

Europe – Major Airlines:

•          Aegean Airlines
•          Aer Lingus
•          Air Berlin
•          easyJet
•          Finnair
•          Iberia
•          KLM
•          Lufthansa
•          Norwegian Air Shuttle
•          SAS

Asia-Pacific – Major Airlines:

•          Air New Zealand
•          ANA
•          IndiGo
•          Japan Airlines
•          Jet Airways
•          Jetstar
•          Korean Air
•          Qantas
•          Singapore Airlines
•          Virgin Australia International

Middle East and Africa – Major Airlines:
•          EgyptAir
•          Emirates
•          Ethiopian Airlines
•          Flydubai
•          Kenya Airways
•          Pegasus
•          Qatar Airways
•          Royal Jordanian
•          Saudia
•          Turkish Airlines

Latin America – Major Airlines:*
•          Aerolineas Argentinas
•          Aeromexico
•          Avianca
•          COPA
•          Gol
•          LAN Airlines
•          TAM Linhas Aereas
* – FlightStats data tracking coverage in LATAM is more limited than in most other geographies resulting in a shorter list of major carriers.

Low-Cost Airlines:

•          AirAsia
•          Air Baltic
•          easyJet
•          Iberia Express
•          IndiGo
•          Jetstar Airways
•          NIKI
•          Norwegian Air Shuttle
•          Thai AirAsia
•          Virgin America

FlightStats collects real-time flight status information on over 98% of scheduled passenger flights flown by the top 250 airlines worldwide and archives that information in a historical flight database. In many regions FlightStats tracks up to 99% of scheduled flights enabling the company to provide comprehensive on-time performance information to the global travel community.

Data sources include airline direct data feeds, airline data via the world’s largest Global Distribution Systems (GDSs), civil aviation authorities, airports, positional data feeds, and other 3rd party data aggregators. Innovata, LLC, a source of flight schedules from over 800 airlines worldwide, provides flight schedule information to FlightStats.

A comprehensive set of historical data for the calendar year 2014 was extracted from our historical flights database. Information was summarized by airline and included the number of scheduled flights, the number of flights that were successfully tracked, the number of flights that departed within 14 minutes of scheduled departure time (D14) and the number of flights that arrived within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time (A14). For purposes of ranking and selecting the top-performing airline in each category, on- time arrival performance (A14) was used as the key metric. Any flight arriving the gate no later than 14 minutes of the scheduled arrival time is considered to be an on-time flight.

For a carrier to be included for analysis in any given category, two requirements must be met (unless otherwise noted):
1. The carrier must rank in the top 150 worldwide in terms of capacity (Available Seat Miles).
2. Data tracking coverage must exceed 90%, meaning that FlightStats has scheduled and actual gate arrival times on at least 90% of the scheduled flights for most categories. For Latin American and Middle East/ Africa regions a 70% coverage threshold was used.
3. To be considered in the Global Airline category, an airline must operate more than 1,000 flights in 3 or more geographic regions and more than 30,000 flights overall.

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