US Airways tops on-time rankings

US Airways has moved to the top of the charts by ranking number one in
on-time performance among the 10 largest airlines for the first half
of 2008.This is according to results released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in its monthly Air Travel Consumer Report. For the first six months of the year, 79.4 percent of US Airways’ flights arrived within 14 minutes of their published arrival time, or A14—the metric the DOT uses to measure on-time performance.

During the month of June, US Airways ranked second among the majors by operating with an A14 of 76.3 percent. The June results mark the seventh consecutive month that US Airways has been one of the top three major airlines in on-time performance.

“Our first place ranking amongst the largest airlines for on-time performance for the first half of 2008 validates the remarkable turnaround our airline has achieved over the past year,” said Scott Kirby, president, US Airways. “Our customers tell us that getting to their destination on time is very important and our 35,000 employees are doing their part to make sure that happens.”

US Airways pays $50 to employees in months when its on-time performance is in the top three of the 10 largest U.S. airlines. The airline will pay $50 to each employee for the seventh consecutive month, for a total of approximately $12 million since December 2007.