Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the award for ‘Top Operational Excellence’ for A380 operations in 2015-2016.
The Etihad Airways A380 fleet recorded a
remarkable 99.63 per cent operational reliability between January 2015 and
October 2016, the highest of all 13 airlines which operate the Airbus A380
Operational reliability is a standard international index
measuring flight operations subject to delays or defects. High performance in
this index verifies the operating capability of the airline and the priority
given to maintenance and safety management.
Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of
Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “Our entire team
is totally focused on achieving the highest levels of reliability across our
fleet. The A380 has been a fantastic addition to our fleet over the past two
years and this award demonstrates excellence and the success of our ongoing
close cooperation with Airbus.”
The award was presented by Christian
Fremont, Airbus Head of A380 Programme Support, at Airbus’s A380 Symposium in Munich,
Germany, this week.
Etihad Airways has eight Airbus A380s in service, with two more
scheduled for delivery. The aircraft operates from the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub
to London, New York, Mumbai, Melbourne and Sydney.