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SAS is the world’s most punctual airline

Published: 2011-08-09

Scandinavian Airlines was the world’s most punctual airline in July, with 91.48% of all flights arriving on time. For the past three years SAS has been Europe’s most punctual airline in the major airlines category, which includes airlines with at least 30,000 flights a year. SAS’ Norwegian subsidiary Widerøe, which is considered a minor airline, was Europe’s most punctual airline overall, with 91.5%. It was the first time two SAS Group airlines claimed the two top spots at the same time.

“I’m very proud that SAS is the world’s most punctual airline right now. Behind this success are many years of very dedicated and focused work by all SAS employees,” says Lars Olofsson, General Manager Greater China, Scandinavian Airlines. “You don’t reach this level of punctuality without fine-tuning every part of a very complex operation.

Only two other airlines worldwide had a punctuality record near SAS’s: the two Japanese airlines JAL and ANA. Amongst the European carriers, Finnair was Europe’s 19th most punctual airline with a punctuality of 81.36%, Lufthansa 28th place with 78.65%, British Airways 32nd place with 76.42% and Air France 39th place with 70.36%. The punctuality average for all European airlines was 77.3% last month. All data is provided by the independent Flightstats.

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