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2012 OPS Awards Winners

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2012 On-time Performance Service Awards Winners

For an airline to be considered within an awards category certain requirements must be met. These requirements include the total annual scheduled passenger flights, the geographical nature of their route network and the degree to which FlightStats is able to acquire flight status data. For all of the categories, the flight status coverage requirement is 90% of the airlines scheduled flights, unless otherwise noted. Winners and finalists within each category are listed below.

Major International Airlines

The Major International Airlines category includes airlines that fly a significant number of trans-oceanic or international flights spanning at least three continents with at least 30,000 flights operated annually.

Lowest Global Cancellations

Lowest Cancellation Rate Among Global Carriers (as defined by the Major International Airlines category).

North America Major Airlines

The North America Major Airlines category includes airlines based in North America and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within North America.

North America Regional Airlines

The North America Regional Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in North America with service concentrated in certain regions, states and provinces in North America or serving a limited number of cities and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually.

Europe Major Airlines

The Europe Major Airlines category includes airlines based in Europe and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within Europe.

Europe Regional Airlines

The Europe Regional Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in Europe with service concentrated within a limited region of Europe or serving a limited number of cities and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually.

Asia Major Airlines

The Asia Major Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in Asia and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within Asia.

Asia Regional Airlines

The Asia Regional Airlines category is comprised of airlines based in Asia with service concentrated within a limited region of Asia or serving a limited number of cities and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually.

Middle East & Africa Major Airlines – New

The Middle East & Africa Major Airlines category includes airlines based in the Middle East & Africa and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within the Middle East and Africa.
*Flight status coverage threshold set at 80%.

Pacific Major Airlines – New

The Major Pacific Airlines category includes airlines based in the Pacific and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within the Pacific.

South America Major Airlines – New

The South America Major Airlines category includes airlines based in the Pacific and operating at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within South America.

*Flight status coverage threshold set at 75%

Airline Alliance – New

Alliances provide a network of connectivity and convenience for international passengers and international packages. Alliances also provide convenient marketing branding to facilitate travelers making inter-airline codeshare connections within countries. This award evaluates the cumulative on-time performance of all the airlines that operate within each of the three airline alliances.

Network – Global Airlines

The Network – Global Airlines category is comprised of airlines that fly a significant number of trans-oceanic or international flights spanning at least three continents with at least 30,000 flights operated annually and is inclusive of all code-share flights operated by other airlines (this includes airlines that are wholly owned subsidiaries or those that are operating flights based on contract/lease agreements on behalf of the airline marketing the flight).