Regional carrier Eastern Airways has been named as the most punctual scheduled airline operating out of Birmingham International Airport - beating much larger rivals such as Dublin-based Ryanair, BMIBaby and FlyBe.
Eastern topped a list of 20 airlines flying from Birmingham put out by online aviation analysts Flightontime.info.
The figures, for the January-December 2007 period, showed that over 92 per cent of Eastern Airways' services departed from Birmingham within 15 minutes and on average any delays experienced were under six minutes long.
Chris Holliday, Eastern Airways' chief operating officer, said: "Punctuality is key to meeting our customers' high expectations and to again be recognised as we have previously at Birmingham Airport is a true reflection of the tremendous endeavours of our pilots, cabin attendants and ground staff.
"We strive to provide the best service possible by setting ourselves tough punctuality targets and will always aim to continue improving our on-time performance."
Of the major "traditional" service carriers, the figures showed that German airline Lufthansa was best. It came in at fourth place in the table, with an average delay of 9.47 minutes.
Ryanair, which is expanding rapidly at Birmingham, came in sixth place, with an average delay of 10.15 minutes.
FlyBe was 16th, with an average hold-up of 16.76 minutes, followed by BMIBaby, at 17.88 minutes.
Not surprisingly, international long haul carriers, which operate one or two flights a day from Birmingham, came out worst in the table.