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  • Etihad Airways is the flag carrier airline 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 derives from the Arabic word for "union".

  • The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to 96 passenger and cargo destinations

  • in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of

  • 85 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2012, Etihad carried 10.3 million passengers, a 23% increase

  • from the previous year, delivering revenues of US$ 4.8 billion and net profits of US$

  • 42 million. Etihad Airways is the fourth largest airline in the Middle East and it is the second

  • largest airline in the United Arab Emirates, after the Dubai-based airline Emirates.

  • 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, Europe's

  • sixth largest airline, and James Hogan was appointed Vice Chairman. It followed this

  • up with minority stakes in other airlinesAir Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Virgin Australia.

  • Also, Etihad is close to acquiring 24% stake in Indian carrier Jet Airways. On August 1,

  • 2013, the President of the company, James Hogan, signed a deal with Aleksandar Vučić,

  • First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, in Belgrade, giving Etihad a 49% stake in the

  • Serbian national carrier Jat Airways/Air Serbia. The Serbian Government retained 51% of the

  • shares. Among numerous terms of the deal, a complete re-branding of Jat Airways was

  • planned, including a name change. The new company is named Air Serbia. At the 2013 Dubai

  • Airshow, Etihad announced that it was acquiring a 33.3% stake in the Swiss carrier Darwin

  • Airline. Darwin was rebranded as Etihad Regional from March 2014. In June 2014, after long

  • negotiations and subject to approval Etihad agreed to take a 49% stake in the troubled

  • Italian flag carrier Alitalia for an undisclosed sum.

  • History Etihad Airways was established as the flag

  • carrier of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by Royal 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.

  • Prior to the establishment of Etihad, Gulf Air was the airline which was based at Abu

  • Dhabi Airport and was also co-owned by Bahrain. In June 2004, the airline made an US$8-billion

  • aircraft order for five Boeing 777-300ERs and 24 Airbus aircraft, including four A380-800s.

  • Their first A380 is scheduled to be delivered in December 2014.

  • 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. Corporate affairs

  • Head office

  • Etihad has its head office, in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International

  • Airport. Etihad spent 183.6 million UAE dirhams 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. Structure

  • 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 airline is led by James Hogan who was

  • appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer on 10 September 2006.

  • Etihad Equity Alliance One of the pillars of Etihad's operation is

  • its equity alliance, which is composed of: Darwin Airline

  • Air Serbia Air Seychelles

  • Air Berlin Jet Airways

  • Virgin Australia Aer Lingus

  • Alitalia Business trends

  • The key trends for Etihad Airways since it started trading in November 2003 are shown

  • below:

  • Profits* - earlier profit/loss figures do not appear to have ever been published; the

  • company announced, however, that it became profitable as from 2011.

  • Corporate sponsorship

  • Current On 30 July 2007 it was announced that Etihad

  • Airways would become the main sponsor of Harlequins rugby club and Harlequins Rugby League club.

  • The sponsorship also includes renaming the East Stand at the Twickenham Stoop to the

  • Etihad Stand. Etihad's logo is painted on the roof of the stand which is under the flight

  • path to London Heathrow Airport. Harlequins were Aviva Premiership champions after winning

  • the 2011–12 season. On 18 December 2007 Etihad announced that

  • they would become the title sponsor for the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to be held on Yas

  • Island, the F1 logo and the words "Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix" appeared

  • on the aircraft for one month before the race. In October 2008, it was announced that Etihad

  • would take over sponsorship of the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The name change to Etihad

  • Stadium took effect on 1 March 2009. In May 2009, it was also announced that Etihad

  • would be the official sponsor of Premier League side Manchester City. Part of the deal now

  • includes the renaming of Manchester City's stadium to the "Etihad Stadium". Manchester

  • City were the Premier League champions during the 2011–2012 season.

  • Etihad sponsors Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1 from 2008 onwards. For the 2007 season,

  • Etihad was one of the title sponsors for the Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team. Because the team

  • was purchased by the chairman of another airline, Etihad switched to Scuderia Ferrari.

  • On 19 March 2008 it was announced that Etihad Airways would become a main sponsor for the

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship from 2008 to 2010, which was later extended until

  • 2012. On 12 April 2012, the GAA signed a new five-year sponsorship deal with Etihad.

  • In November 2013, it was also announced that Etihad would be the official sponsor of Cyprus

  • First Division side Anorthosis Famagusta. On 25 March 2014, Etihad announced a partnership

  • with Major League Soccer to become the Official Airline Partner of MLS, in a multi-year deal.

  • Former Etihad is a sponsor of UAE sports clubs, including

  • the Abu Dhabi Rugby Union Football Club, the Abu Dhabi International Sailing School and

  • the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, as well as the Al-Jazira Club.

  • Awards and recognitions Etihad Airways has received over 30 awards

  • since its inauguration in 2003. It has won the World Travel Awards 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 November 2013, Etihad

  • Airways won the "World's Leading Airline - First Class 2013" World Travel Awards

  • 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. In 2013, Etihad Airways received all three

  • awards in the First Class Category at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards – "Best

  • First Class", "Best First Class Seats" and "Best First Class Catering".

  • On 9 June 2014 Etihad announced that was withdrawing from Skytrax.

  • Cargo

  • Etihad Cargo operates three Boeing B777F, two Boeing 747-400F, one Boeing 747-8F and

  • three Airbus A330-200F. Etihad Cargo has one additional Airbus A330-200F freighter scheduled

  • for delivery in 2014. Etihad Cargo delivered 368,000 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. Etihad’s 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.

  • Destinations

  • As of September 2013, Etihad serves 96 passenger and cargo destinations across Africa, Europe,

  • North America, South America, Asia and Australasia from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

  • Etihad Airways, along with British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Korean Air, Qantas,

  • Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and United Airlines, is one of the

  • few carriers to have services to all six inhabited continents.

  • Codeshare agreements Etihad Airways has codeshare agreements with

  • the following airlines: Additionally, Etihad Airways has a codeshare

  • partnership with French Railways SNCF. Fleet

  • The Etihad Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:

  • Notes ^1 First class includes one First Residence

  • suite that can seat up to two passengers, and nine First Apartment suites.

  • Services Cabin

  • Etihad has 3 cabins, Diamond First Class, Pearl Business Class and Coral Economy Class.

  • When Etihad's A380's and B787's arrive new cabins will be introduced, their names being,

  • The Residence, The Apartments, First class suite, Business Studio and Economy Smart seat.

  • All the fleet will be retrofitted into these cabins except The residence and The apartments

  • which are only on the A380's. In-flight entertainment

  • Etihad uses both the Panasonic eX2 and the Thales TopSeries i5000 in-flight entertainment

  • system with AVOD 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. Loyalty programme

  • Etihad Guest is the airline's frequent flyer program, launched on 30 August 2006. It offers

  • a discount web shop for loyalty program members. 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.

  • See also Emirates

  • Qatar Airways Saudia

  • Gulf Air References

  • External links Etihad Airways official website

  • Etihad Airways Destinations

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