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Etihad Airways wins top Airbus A380 accolade

December 21, 2016

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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.

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 aircraft. The award was presented at Airbus’s A380 Symposium in Munich.

Operational reliability is a standard international index measuring flight operations subject to delays or defects. This rate indicates that only 0.37% of Etihad’s A380 flights recorded a delay, cancellation or reprogramming.

“High performance in this index verifies the operating capability of the airline and reflects the priority given to maintenance and safety management,” says Etihad Airways.

Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “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.”

Airbus and Etihad Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop an offer of MRO services for the A380.

Now rated five stars by Skytrax, Etihad Airways has eight Airbus A380s in service, with two more scheduled for delivery. They are configured to accommodate 11 passengers in Fist class, 70 in Business class, and 415 in Economy. The aircraft operates from the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub to London, New York, Mumbai, Melbourne and Sydney.

The A380 also flies in the colors of Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.

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