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Heathrow names Oman Air as July's best performer

World's busiest airport says Oman carrier topped rankings for keeping to arrival, departure times

Heathrow names Oman Air as July's best performer
Oman Air

Oman Air has been ranked the best performing airline at London Heathrow in July, figures released by the British Airport Authority showed on Sunday.

Figures revealed that the Oman national carrier topped the list for scheduled departures and arrivals for the third time in six months, with 100 percent of its flights on time.

Oman Air has consistently been ranked for on-time performance in the top five of airlines operating out of Heathrow and previously achieved first place in February and June 2011, it said in a statement.

Krishan Perera, Oman Air's regional airport services manager, Europe, said: "To have achieved a first-place ranking for on-time performance for the third time in six months is a tribute to the commitment and hard work of all Oman Air's staff at Heathrow and our Service Partner - Dnata.

"As the world's busiest airport, Heathrow is a challenging environment in which to operate and our consistent top five ranking shows that the Oman Air team's efforts, and their close working with the airport authorities, are paying dividends."

Last month, Oman Air said it was considering the launch of economy-only flights on routes with low demand for premium class travel.

CEO Peter Hill said a handful of the flag airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft could be reconfigured to offer economy-only seating for routes with higher demand for budget travel.

A similar initiative was launched by Etihad Airways in October last year, when two Airbus A320s were configured to carry 162 economy class passengers, an increase of 42 from the previous economy capacity.

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