|Hubs||Abu Dhabi International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Etihad Guest|
|Airport lounge||Etihad Premium Lounge|
|Destinations||86 excl. subsidiaries
349 inc. codeshares
|Company slogan||From Abu Dhabi to the World|
|Headquarters||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
Etihad Airways is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Established by Royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003. The name means "union" in Arabic.
The airline operates more than 1,300 flights per week to 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 72 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2012, Etihad carried 10.3 million passengers, a 23% increase on the previous year, delivering revenues of US$ 4.8 billion and net profits of US$ 42 million.
In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo. The airline is based at Abu Dhabi International Airport and its head office is in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi.
Etihad reported its first full-year net profit in 2011, of US$14 million, in line with the strategic plan announced by CEO James Hogan in 2006.
In December 2011, Etihad announced it had taken a 29.21% stake in Air Berlin, Europes sixth largest airline, and James Hogan was appointed Vice Chairman. It followed this up with minority stakes in other airlines Air Seychelles (40%), Aer Lingus (2.987%), Virgin Australia (10%) and India's Jet Airways (24%).
Etihad Airways was established as the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by Royal (Amiri) Decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It started with an initial paid-up capital of AED500 million. Services were launched with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain on 5 November 2003. On 12 November 2003, Etihad commenced commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut, and has gone on to become the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation.
The airline announced what was the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008, for up to 205 aircraft 100 firm orders, 55 options and 50 purchase rights.
As of February 2013, the airline operates passenger and cargo services to 86 destinations around the world from its home base in Abu Dhabi.
In 2012, Etihad carried 10.3 million passengers, a 23% increase on the previous year.
Etihad has its head office in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad spent 183.6 million UAE dirhams ($50 million USD) in 2007 to arrange to have its new head office and training center built. The new head office was scheduled to be finished by the end of 2007 Airline to Shift to New Headquarters by 2008." Gulf News at Zawya. 17 April 2007. Retrieved on 11 February 2010.</ref>
Etihad is governed by a board of directors chaired by HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan being the vice chairman and operates in terms of its founding legislation and the Article of Association of the Company. The Board consists of seven independent non-executive members and has two sub-committees, being an Executive Committee and an Audit Committee, each with its own charter and chairman.
Other members of the board include: Mohammed Mubarak Fadel Al Mazrouei, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Hamad Abdullah Al Shamsi ,Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi and George Cheaib.
The key trends for Etihad Airways since it started trading in November 2003 are shown below (as at years ending 31 December):
|Profits* (EBIT) (US$m)||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||137|
|Number of employees||1,761||2,116||3,468||5,563||7,058||7,828||7,855||9,038||10,656|
|Number of passengers (m)||<0.1||0.3||1.0||2.8||4.6||6.0||6.3||7.1||8.3||10.3|
|Passenger load factor (%)||70||75||74||74||76|
|Cargo carried (000s tonnes)||115||202||263||310|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||6||12||22||37||42||52||57||64||70|
Profits* earlier profit/loss figures do not appear to have ever been published; the company has announced however that it became profitable as from 2011.
Etihad Airways has received over 30 awards since its inauguration in 2003. It has won the World Travel Awards (WTA) designation for having the best Business Class in the world in 2009. In November 2009 Etihad Airways won the "World's Leading Airline" award at the World Travel Awards in London.
In 2010, Etihad Airways won the "World"s Best First Class' award by Skytrax at Hamburg. Etihad also received awards for "Best First Class catering" and "Best First Class Seat" as well. Etihad was awarded the World's Leading Airline in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the World Travel Awards.
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Etihad Cargo operates two Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400F, two Airbus A330-200F and one one Airbus A300-600F. The carrier will shortly take delivery of a KLM Boeing 747-400ERF freighter (end March). Etihad Cargo has an additional three freighters scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014: one Boeing B777F and two Airbus A330-200F.
Etihad Cargo delivered 367,837 tonnes of cargo in 2012, a tonnage growth of 19 per cent on the back of a capacity increase of 14 per cent in available tonnage kilometres. Etihads new facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport will be equipped to handle more than 500,000 tonnes annually.
The carrier refreshed its brand image in June 2012 dropping the "Crystal" part, with full Etihad Cargo title now applied billboard style.
As of February 2013, Etihad serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
|Airbus A321-200||7||TBA||Converted from A320 order, Delivery from November 2013|
|Airbus A350-1000||12||25||TBA||Delivery: 2017|
|Airbus A380-800||10||5||TBA||Delivery 2014|
|Boeing 7879||41||25||TBA||Delivery: Q4 2014|
|Airbus A300-600RF||1||97,000 lbs|
|Airbus A330-200F||2||2||152,100 lbs|
|Boeing 747-400ERF||1||250,000 lbs||Operated by KLM/Martinair Cargo|
|Boeing 747-400F||1||250,000 lbs||Operated by Atlas Air|
|Boeing 777F||2||1||225,000 lbs|
In 2012, Etihad cancelled 13 orders in total for the Airbus A350-1000, becoming the first airline to cancel some of its orders for this particular aircraft after Airbus had redesigned the A350-1000 in 2011. It leaves 12 aircraft on order from an original order of 25.
Etihad uses both the Panasonic eX2 and the Thales TopSeries i5000 in-flight entertainment system with AVOD (audio-video on demand) system on its new long-range aircraft and on some of its new A320-200 aircraft. Etihad brand this system as the "E-box". International destination fleets have a Plug-And-Play system which works on USB technology, that allow passengers to play their own audio, video and picture media. The Airbus A330s, Airbus A340s and Boeing 777-300ER all have in-flight telephone facility.
Etihad has signed a new 10-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation for the provision of in-flight entertainment which will include broadband internet and live TV.
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Etihad is not part of any airline alliance, but has a partnership agreement with:
Etihad has released information on a new partnership deal with Virgin Australia. All Virgin services will be available to Etihad customers, opening up 44 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and to Asia and Los Angeles. The airlines will share their frequent flyer benefits.
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