Royal Jordanian (RJ) ranked fourth in terms of punctuality among Middle Eastern airlines last year, with a 77.13 per cent on-time performance rate, according to OAG’s Punctuality League study.
The recently released Punctuality League report took into consideration 58 million flight records using full-year data from 2018 to rank the best on-time performance (OTP) of the world’s largest airlines and airports.
RJ came in after Saudi Arabian Airlines (81.12 per cent), which ranked third in this category, while Qatar Airways obtained the first place (85.17 per cent) and Emirates Airline came in second (81.44 per cent).
The airlines that qualified for inclusion in the Punctuality League have flight status data for at least 80 per cent of all scheduled flights operated. OAG also gauges on-time performance of flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival/departure times.
“This is not the first time that we achieve a high score in an important factor ‘the on-time performance’,” president and CEO, RJ, Stefan Pichler remarked. “I wish to thank our operations team for their outstanding performance. We are keen to keep our commitment to our passengers who look forward to having safe and punctual flights while enjoying considerable ground and air services. Congratulations to RJ!”
Six regional categories rank the best airlines, mainline and LCC, which are operating in groupings of IATA-defined global regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East (where RJ ranked fourth), Latin America and North America.
In each category, airlines must be ranked among the Top 250 operators globally in terms of available seat kilometres (ASKs) and must have operated a minimum of 18,000 scheduled flights in a year to qualify for inclusion.