UAE’s Etihad Airways was the most punctual Middle Eastern airways for the month of July. A recent report revealed that Etihad was the only airlines from the Middle East whose punctuality averaged more than 80 percent. The same report also revealed that Etihad was ranked 24th globally for on-time performance during the same period.
John Wright, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Global Airports and Network Operations told the media that, “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.”
However, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have either delayed or led to the cancellation of many Etihad flights out of the region.
Four other Middle Eastern airways featured as well in the Top 50 most punctual airlines.
Etihad recently revealed its decision to not reinvest in India’s Jet Airways, citing unresolved liability issues as the reason. During the beginning of the year, the carrier did show interest to reinvest in Jet Airways as a minority stakeholder. In 2013, Etihad acquired a 24 percent stake in Jet Airways. The Indian carrier, however, discontinued operations in April this year following a severe cash crunch.
The UAE’s national carrier teamed up with Switzerland-based blockchain startup Winding Tree to develop its internal information system. The Swiss company will provide logistical support for Etihad Airways’ distribution system. Over the last few years, Winding Tree has teamed up with a number of airlines, hotels, and tourism offices around the world to provide real-time information systems.