Etihad named most punctual airline in region in H1 2019

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways was the most punctual airline in the Middle East over the first seven months of 2019, according to new statistics from aviation data company OAG.

The figures show that Etihad was the only carrier in the region whose punctuality averaged more than 80 percent for flights across the same time frame.

On a global scale, Etihad ranked 24th for on-time performance in July, the peak summer month for air travel in the region.

“Etihad Airways is a high-quality airline, and reliability is a key element of the total product we offer,” said John Wright, Etihad Airways’ vice president, global airports and network operations. “We continually strive to deliver excellence for our guests, in the air and on the ground.”

Of the OAG’s list of the top 50 most punctual airlines, four were from the Middle East.

Etihad’s performance in July was 10 percentage points better than the regional average, and four above the next highest carrier in the region.

The airline industry’s globally-applied definition of on-time departure and arrival is within 15 minutes of previously published times.

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