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bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:02 am

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:
EDI (84%)
AMS (77%)
CDG (76%)


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.




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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:11 am

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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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:35 am

surely SAA should have the best on time departure average considering their aircraft sit on the ground all day at LHR?
 
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:38 am

Hows 9W performance.
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:14 am

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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:37 am

Quoting Horus (Thread starter):
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.

Those 6 minutes are probably from the first LBA-CDG flight which leaves 30-60 minutes late EVERY morning! Apart from that, BD and BD Regional tend to be pretty punctual on services to/from LBA.
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:39 am

They are the best on time as the airline doesnt have to wait for any passengers.

By now the stewardesses etc have figured out everyone has stopped flying bmi since they messed up the FF program, food service, flight patterns, ticketing and fare increases in 2005.


Everyone now goes by any other airline instead.
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:04 am

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.

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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:09 am

There are a lot of UK airlines, though some only fly routes for someone else:

Main UK Airlines are:

BA
VS
BMI (inc Baby)
Easyjet
Jet2
Air Southwest
Aer Arran
Manx Airlines
GB Airways
FlyBE
Globespan
ThomsonFly
Monarch
FirstChoice
Excel
Avro


I have to admit a vast number are chavvyjets or 50c charter operations rather than quality airlines with customer credibility
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:24 am

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 9):
There are a lot of UK airlines, though some only fly routes for someone else:

Main UK Airlines are:

BA
VS
BMI (inc Baby)
Easyjet
Jet2
Air Southwest
Aer Arran
Manx Airlines
GB Airways
FlyBE
Globespan
ThomsonFly
Monarch
FirstChoice
Excel
Avro


I have to admit a vast number are chavvyjets or 50c charter operations rather than quality airlines with customer credibility

You forgot to mention Eastern Airways and MyTravel.

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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 9):
Aer Arran

that one is Irish.

but you can add Astraeus to your list
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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:09 am

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 ......


There's on time, then there is ON TIME..........


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RE: Bmi: Most Punctual Airline From LHR

Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:37 pm

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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