Air India slams punctuality report

The rest are Air India (38.71 percent), Philippine Airlines (38.33 percent), Asiana Airlines (37.46 percent), China Eastern Airlines (35.8 percent), Hong Kong Airlines (33.42 percent), Air China (32.73 percent), Korean Air (31.74 percent) and Hainan Airlines (30.3 percent). On Monday, Flightstats published the report ranking carriers world wide on their on-time performance records.But India’s national carrier has now written a letter to FlightStats, accusing it of using “erroneous data”.”We totally disagree with the report published by an agency about Air India”. And it went even further, accusing the report of being deliberately misleading and targeting Air India because of its prevailing negative public image.The report comes at a time when Air India is already struggling to turn a profit despite being on a bailout package of Rs 10,000 crore.”This also leads one to speculate of the intentions behind the entire exercise”, it added.The national carrier has made an entry in the top 10 worst serving airlines in the world according to a statistical report made by an aviation insights company, FlightStats.Mr Lohani, interacting with a group of media-persons in Delhi, said OTP can’t be the sole criterion to judge performance of an airline like Air India considering the complexity of its operations.Airlines in Asian countries were the least under-performing in 2016.Once the epitome of Indian hospitality, as personified by its Maharaja mascot, Air India has fallen so badly that it’s among the Union government’s worst-performing entities, with debts of Rs 46,570 crores (including Rs 15,00 crores for aircraft purchases).In contrast, low-priced carrier IndiGo reported that it has been recognised as one of the leading “On-Time Performers” in the Asia-Pacific region by FlightStats in its 8th Annual Airline On-Time Performance Service Awards, January 2017. “Many airlines want to be recognized only by their own operational performance, not the the performance of their regional airline partners”, FlightStats noted.ERROR: Macro /ads/dfp-ads is missing!