Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 58 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4219 times:
Not only have bmi kept the title of being the most punctual British airline from Heathrow, now they are the most punctual of all airlines operating out of London's prime airport. The other British carriers, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both fair much worse in 18th and 25th positions respectively.
80% of all bmi flights are on-time with delays averaging a mere 9 minutes.
The airline also has the best on-time performance on LHR's busiest routes:
Subsidiary, bmi Regional, is the most punctual scheduled airline from the UK, with 90% of all flights departing on-time with delays averaging less than 6 minutes.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4049 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4204 times:
I know for a fact that that info is flawed. Bmi do not use ACARS to verify their pushback times, and soley reley on what time the Dispatcher says it went. It is not uncommon for a flight to go 10 mins late, but still be called in as ontime meaning the statistics are flawed.They also class any flight that pushes with-in 3 mins of std as automatically ontime, but the rules are often broken with the "bendy watch".
Other airlines only allow a 1 minute leeway on the STD to class as ontime, and are also backed up with ACARS pushback times meaning that it isn't possible to use a "bendy watch". Some airlines even go as far as recording the door closed and pushback time, and if the doors are not closed 5 mins before std, will not accept certain delay codes if the flight does push late.
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B777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 783 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4004 times:
How many airlines are actually from the UK? I can think of BA, Virgin, bmi, and easyJet (maybe?)...I'm not a fan of bmi, never was. I think with lesser flights, you're bound to have more on-time departures/arrivals.
Christa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3997 times:
Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 7): How many airlines are actually from the UK? I can think of BA, Virgin, bmi, and easyJet (maybe?)...I'm not a fan of bmi, never was. I think with lesser flights, you're bound to have more on-time departures/arrivals.
The UK operators from LHR are; BA, VS and BMI. If you wanted to include Ireland, you could also add EI.
TUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3783 times:
bmi on time departures's included STD + 15 mins........... this is pretty common among airlines, but look at AA , and if the STD is 12:00, and the aircraft pushes at 12:01, then a delay is posted ......
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3744 times:
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 1): I know for a fact that that info is flawed. Bmi do not use ACARS to verify their pushback times, and soley reley on what time the Dispatcher says it went
Actually the CAA statistics at FlightOnTime.info are not based on what the dispatcher says, or the gate agent says, or the pilot says, or ACARS, or anything like that.
The punctuality of flights for all airlines is monitored using actual takeoff and landing times from the ATC computer, with a taxi-time assumption built-in. All airlines are measured by exactly the same standard and therefore no single airline can 'cheat' the statistics in the manner you suggest.
Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 7): I think with lesser flights, you're bound to have more on-time departures/arrivals
bmi are the second biggest slot holder at LHR, hardly a small number of flights. The full punctuality breakdown of the 30 largest scheduled carriers at LHR for 2006 Q1 is listed here: Heathrow Punctutality and clearly shows that only BA have more flights.
bmi's performance is streets ahead of the big carriers and they deserve recognition for it.
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