They have an advertising campaign running claiming that "xxx% of their flights arrive on schedule compared to XXX% for U2".
I think I know how they achieve thses figures.
I flew with FR from DUB to NCL and return this past saturday.
The theory :
ETD DUB : 0910
ETA NCL : 1015
ETD NCL : 2110
ETD DUB : 2215
The facts :
TD DUB : 0930
TA NCL : 1013
TD NCL : 2140
TA DUB : 2215
In both flights they made an announcement stating the "on schedule" arrival.
My belief is that FR deliberately exaggerates flying times on their website in order to achieve near-perfect on-time figures. Now I don't think this is common practice in the industry as I haven't observed this on the other airlines I have flown with. I haven't flown with any other LCC than FR, so is it common practice among LCC's ?
PS : I will hereby take this opportunity to show you a Global Express at CMF
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