Flightstats, a leading provider of international flight and airport information, has named the winners of the FlightStats 2012 On-time Performance Service Awards (OPS Awards). The OPS Awards program recognises airlines around the world that achieve sustained operational excellence by delivering the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), won Flightstats' On-time Performance Service Award in the Middle East & Africa Major Airlines category with an on-time performance of 91,17%. Congratulations! Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines were the other four finalists in the category. The Middle East & Africa Major Airlines category includes airlines based in the Middle East & Africa that are operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within the Middle East and Africa. The flight status coverage threshold was set at 80%.
The most punctual Major International Airlines in 2012 was Japan Airlines, followed by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The Major International Airlines category includes airlines that fly a significant number of trans-oceanic or international flights.