On April 8, Purdue University and Wichita State University published the annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR), which asses the airline quality on several performance criteria. It features U.S Airlines that are required to report performance by virtue of having at least 1% of domestic scheduled-service passenger revenue during the year. The Airline Quality Rating 2013 is the 23rd edition of the report and its scores are based on 15 elements in four major areas that focus on airline performance aspects important to consumers over 2012. The report is conducted by Dr. Dean Headley, professor at Wichita State University and Dr. Brent Bowen, professor at Purdue University and includes 14 airlines among which are United Airlines owned by United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), or Frontier Airlines owned by Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET).
According to the report, the scores on the AQR are almost the same in 2012 as in 2011, but declines were registered in two of the four performance areas. The on-time arrival percentage improved in 2012 to 81.8% versus 80.0% a year earlier. If we take for example the results for United Airlines, owned by United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL), the on-time arrival performance, dropped to 77.4% in 2012, from 80.2% a year earlier,while Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) registered an improvement to 86.5% from 82.3% in 2011. Please go to Insider Monkey to know how these airlines stack up.