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Pacific Blue exceeds 95% domestic on-time performance in first quarter

13/04/2010

Tuesday 13 April 2010: Pacific Blue said it achieved a consistently high New Zealand domestic on-time performance result in the first three months of the year with an average of more than 95% of domestic flights departing on time.

The airline, which has led the New Zealand market in publishing domestic on-time performance figures, recorded 96.5% domestic OTP in March. Its February result was 94.4% and in January it was 94.9%.

Pacific Blue CEO, Mark Pitt, said he welcomed the continual improvement in domestic on-time departure figures.

“We focus closely on our on-time performance and to achieve an average of over 95% in the first quarter shows a consistent effort across all parts of the airline.

“The New Zealand domestic market is very competitive and we’re proud of all we’re doing to provide great value fares for our Guests and to ensure they get to their destination on time, more of the time.”

Pacific Blue was the first airline in New Zealand to regularly publish its domestic on-time performance results. On-time is counted as flights that depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time. Pacific Blue makes no exceptions for bad weather, air traffic control, delays from suppliers, unscheduled maintenance, consequences of previous delays or anything else.