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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was the most punctual Middle Eastern carrier in the first seven months of 2019.
New figures produced by the aviation data company OAG show that Etihad was the only Middle Eastern carrier whose punctuality averaged more than 80 per cent for flights across this period.
The data also showed that of the airlines monitored by OAG, Etihad was ranked 24th globally for on-time performance in July, the peak summer month for air travel in the Middle East.
John Wright, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Global Airports and Network Operations, said, "Etihad Airways is a high quality airline, and reliability is a key element of the total product we offer. We continually strive to deliver excellence for our guests, in the air and on the ground."
Four Middle Eastern carriers featured in OAG’s list of the top 50 most punctual airlines. Etihad’s July performance was 10 percentage points above the region’s average, and four per cent 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 published schedule times.
Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have relaunched their codeshare partnership to provide their customers with greater access to both airlines’ trunk routes between the UAE and Pakistan, and on Etihad services across its global network.
Etihad Airways announced an encouraging 32 per cent improvement in its core operating performance for 2019 on revenues of $5.6 billion (2018: $5.9 billion).
Air Arabia customers can change their existing and new bookings made until March 31, 2020, for travel until Dec.31, 2020, up to 72 hours prior to departure. The airline said the offer is valid for travel from March 22, 2020, and is applicable to all fares including Etihad Guest redemptions and Etihad Holiday bookings.
Global airlines warned that 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus travel downturn and the industry’s representative body said airline finances were so fragile they could not afford to refund customers.
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