AA on-time rate tops industry average

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Jan. 12--American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, its regional airline affiliate, posted on-time arrival percentages in November that exceeded the industry average, although their on-time performances in the first 11 months of 2010 lagged the industry, the government said Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said airlines having the highest on-time percentages in November were Hawaiian, 93.1 percent; United, 91.4 percent; and Mesa, 89.2. American ranked eighth with 85.3 percent of its flights on time, while American Eagle was ninth with 84.5 percent.

In November, the industry average on-time percentage was 83.2 percent.

For the first 11 months of 2010, Hawaiian Airlines placed first with an on-time arrival percentage of 92.9 percent. Alaska Airlines, at 88.2 percent, was second, and United was third with 85.3 percent.

American ranked 13th with 79.5 percent, and American Eagle was 17th of 18 carriers with 77.3 percent.

The industry average on-time percentage for the first 11 months was 80.5 percent.

American has 16 flights a day and employs 7,000 people at Tulsa International Airport.

D.R. Stewart 581-8451

don.stewart@tulsaworld.com

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