Etihad Airways ranks among most on-time airlines in Middle East

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been ranked among the most on-time airlines in the Middle East, as well as one of the most punctual carriers worldwide. 

In the first half of 2023, Etihad achieved an on-time arrival performance rating within 15 minutes of 83.4 percent. In its Punctuality League ratings for 2023 so far, global aviation analytics group Official Airline Guide (OAG) listed Etihad as one of the few airlines in the Middle East that consistently operated above 80 percent on-time arrival performance and maintains one of the lowest cancellation rates worldwide.

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Mohammad Al Bulooki
COO – Etihad Aviation

“This half-year result is an important milestone for Etihad Airways, and a testament to the airline’s commitment to consistently deliver reliable operations while exploring further innovative solutions to enhance it. Four million passengers will fly with Etihad over the summer months via its home base, Abu Dhabi International Airport, a strong partner that underpins the airline’s successful operations. Guests can expect a reliable flight schedule coupled with an award-winning service.”

On-time performance is defined by OAG as a flight arriving within 15 minutes of its scheduled time, a standard measure within the airline industry, taking into account the large range of variable factors that can affect operations.

Last month, the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Etihad Aviation Group in order to provide new incentives for companies certified under the National In-Country Value (ICV) Program.

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