Korean Air has been recognised by Airbus as the best operator of the A220. The airline received the “Airbus A220 Best Operational Excellence 2021” award on 4 October during the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Every two years, Airbus awards the best operators of its aircraft based on a thorough evaluation of factors such as flight duration, number of operated flights and punctuality. This year is the first time Airbus has selected the best operator of the A220. From August 2020 to July 2021, Korean Air recorded an on-time performance of 99.63 percent for its A220 fleet, compared to global A220 operators’ average on-time performance of 99 percent.
On-time performance is an international index that measures an airline’s flight operational competency. A higher rate implies maintenance and safety system quality, and is gauged by measuring the number of flights that depart within 15 minutes of scheduled departure. An on-time performance of 99.63 percent indicates that there were only 3.7 delays or cancellations caused by maintenance defects for every 1,000 flights. A high on-time performance rate also signifies that an airline is committed to preventive maintenance measures and safety management, providing high levels of safety and passenger service.
A total of 174 A220 aircraft are being operated by 11 airlines globally, and Korean Air has been operating a total of 10 aircraft since 2017.