Independent website flightontime.info analyses UK flight punctuality data – which is then used by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – to assess airlines’ punctuality. The latest figures, for 2013, show that bmi regional achieved an On-Time Performance of over 92 per cent in the previous twelve months, over six per cent greater than BA CityFlyer. This figure also places bmi regional above BA CityFlyer, KLM, CityJet , SAS, Aer Lingus, Flybe and easyJet. A flight is deemed to be on time if it departs or arrives within 15 minutes of its published schedule.
Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi regional, said: “As we continue to develop and expand our network, punctuality is an enduring priority for us. Being named for the ninth consecutive year as the most punctual scheduled airline in the UK is testament to the commitment and hard work of our teams on the ground and in the air who never lose sight of our customers’ needs.”
bmi regional owns and operates an all-jet fleet of 18 Embraer aircraft that serve routes between nine European countries. In 2013 the airline – which became fully independent in June 2012 – expanded its profitable routes, doubled its charter business and launched domestic routes in Scandinavia to serve the oil and gas industry.
Earlier this month, the carrier launched the only direct service to link Newcastle and Brussels and this week announced its first codeshare, a partnership with Brussels Airlines on the new route. All bmi regional flights offer 20kg checked baggage, a full at-seat bar and snack service and 30-minute check-in. In 2013 the airline won the prestigious accolade of Silver Airline of the Year at the European Regions Airline (ERA) Association in Salzburg, Austria.