Baltic, Nordic airlines win on punctuality

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SAS sixth among major carriers, airBaltic on top again globally

The Latvian airline airBaltic has been ranked number one globally for punctuality during 2017, while SAS is the sixth most on-time airline among the world’s major carriers.

The aviation analysts OAG tracked the performance of more than 50 million flight records, putting airBaltic top of the pile for global on-time performance, a position it has held for the last four consecutive years.

The airline achieved a punctuality rating of 90.01% for flights linking the Baltics to its network spanning Scandinavia, Europe, the CIS and the Middle East.

The statistic means that more than 90 out of 100 airBaltic flights arrived within 15 minutes of scheduled time as supplied to OAG, including cancelled services. The OAG Punctuality League 2018 is based on around 57 million flight records using full-year data from 2017.

SAS almost on top
SAS has a rating of 80.9%, according to OAG, placing it the sixth most punctual of the world’s largest airlines, behind Japan Airlines in first (85.27%), Japan’s ANA, Delta, IndiGo and Alaska Airlines. Behind SAS in the top ten are United, LATAM, American and British Airways.

“OAG is delighted that airBaltic has once again been recognised as the most punctual airline in our yearly awards based on over 57 million individual flights tracked through the course of 2017,” said John Grant, senior analyst at OAG.

“To consistently achieve such a level of punctuality, especially when accepting a new modern aircraft such as the C series into the fleet, reflects on both the professionalism and dedication of airBaltic team and provides customers with the levels of service expected from all airlines.”

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