Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, posted its best operational on-time performance (OTP) results since 2010.
Mohammad Al Bulooki told the UAE’s state news agency WAM that the results are “a testament to our continued focus on safe and punctual operations”, with the carrier recording network punctuality of 82% for flight departures and 84% for arrivals.
OTP for departures at its Abu Dhabi hub was 80%, and 85% for arrivals. Across its network, the airline completed 99.7% of flights as scheduled in 2018. OTP is calculated on flight arrival and departure times within 15 minutes of the published schedule, taking into consideration a number of external factors including weather disruption and airspace congestion.
The results offer some good news to the airline, which is reported to be planning pilot job cuts by the end of January.
According to sources quoted by Reuters, Etihad plans to cut 50 such jobs by the end of the month after losses last year. The carrier employs 2,065 pilots, Reuters reported, with 160 classed as surplus.
The carrier 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. The Top 20 airlines are part of the 409 global airlines monitored by the website.
Source: Gulf Business