Thursday, 10 January 2019

KLM safest and most punctual airline in 2018

KLM Boeing 787.9                                                                                         Photo Patrick Kop
In 2018, KLM once again achieves high ratings for safety and punctuality, two key assets for any airline.

Flight Stats, from FlightGlobal, an aviation data information company, rated KLM as runner-up behind Qatar Airways in terms of punctuality in 2018, which means KLM is Europe’s most punctual airline.

Every year, Flight Stats compares international airlines on the basis of punctuality, flight schedules and flying times., which annually researches the safety of airlines, awarded KLM its maximum score on seven criteria, including adherence to international certification requirements and internal safety protocols.

This means KLM ranks among the safest airlines in the world.    "This is a superb acknowledgement for all our efforts in the area of safety and punctuality. We will maintain this momentum going into 2019, to keep giving our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience." Said Pieter Elbers - KLM President & CEO.  

The announcement follows the latest results from the carrier which revealed that KLM welcomed a record 34.2 million passengers on board its aircraft during 2018. That is a 4.5% increase compared to 2017. The growth was greatest in Europe and in North and South America. The strong passenger growth resulted in a record load factor of 89.1% for the entire year, which is 0.7%pt higher than in 2017. It was an impressive result and one that boss Elbers said was "It’s a great achievement that all of us at KLM, as a whole, can be proud of.”