Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has posted its best operational on-time performance (OTP) results since 2009.
OTP is calculated on actual flight arrival and departure times within 15 minutes of the published schedule and takes into consideration a variety of external factors including weather disruption and airspace congestion.
The airline said it recorded network punctuality of 82% for flight departures and 86% for arrivals in 2017 – results that place Etihad Airways as one of the most reliable airlines in the world.
OTP for departures at the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub was 79%, and 89% for arrivals, it added. Overall, Etihad Airways, improved its network departure punctuality in 2017 by three percent over the previous year.
Richard Hill, chief operations officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are pleased to have recorded these strong on-time performance figures for 2017, which illustrate that Etihad Airways is an airline that – following safety – prioritises punctuality for its guests.
“Furthermore, the number of passengers carried annually increased from the previous year, with more than 18.6 million air travellers flying with Etihad Airways in 2017.”
Etihad Airways has also been placed in the top 20 safest airlines in the world by AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website.