bmi outperformed all other airlines to be the most punctual scheduled
carrier from London Heathrow in the first quarter of 2006 according to
statistics released by the CAA.Eighty per cent of bmi’s flights left on
time with delays averaging just nine minutes.
bmi came top out of 30 airlines and beat its UK rival British Airways at
18th place, with Air France at 13th and Virgin Atlantic at 25th.
The airline recorded better on-time performance than any other carrier
on three of Heathrow’s busiest routes - Edinburgh (84 per cent),
Amsterdam (77 per cent) and Paris (76 per cent).
The CAA figures also show that bmi regional maintained its 2005 position
as the most punctual scheduled airline overall from the UK. Figures for
the first quarter show that 90 per cent of bmi regional’s flights were
on time and that average delays were less than six minutes.
Nigel Turner, chief executive officer of bmi, said: “We know that
punctuality is of great importance to travellers, particularly those
with business commitments, and have worked hard to ensure that our
operations are timely and efficient. As a result we are delighted to see
that the latest figures reflect the dedication shown by all our staff.
“Through our commitment to provide the business traveller with the
highest levels of service we have attained a standard that is
significantly ahead of our competitors.”