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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is one of the biggest airlines in the UAE, it is also one of the youngest carriers in the World.

It was founded in 2001 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Its name, Etihad means "union" or "federation" in Arabic.

The carrier connects the UAE with the rest of the Middle East, Europe, North America, South Asia, Inner Asia and the Far East.

The main base of Etihad is the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

First (ceremonial) flight took off on November 5th, 2003 from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain. Commercial operations started on November 12th, 2003 with a flight to Beirut, Lebanon.

The airline quickly grew, with its large and modern fleet, it is among the most influential airlines in the Middle East and Inner Asia.                                                    

Fact sheet


 General company information...

Official name: 

Etihad Airways



IATA designator:


ICAO designator:



Abu Dhabi, UAE





Abu Dhabi International Airport - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Focus cities, regions,

secondary hubs:


Number of destinations:


 Fleet & flights-related...

Fleet size:

29 (+28 orders)

Aircraft types used:

Airbus A300, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A380

Boeing 767, Boeing 777

Accidents & incidents:



Number of passengers:




Frequent flyer program:

Etihad Guest

Other important issues:

- Etihad will be among the first carriers to introduce the Airbus A380, 4 of them will enter service in 2013




In-flight services


Etihad offers high quality in-flight entertainment, very good comfort for the traveler.

It uses a modern AVOD (audio-video on demand) system o its new aircraft. Passengers get access to over 350 hours of audio & video material.

The airline's newest aircraft (Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A340-500, the 2 zone Airbus A330-200 and the 3 zone Airbus A330-200) are equipped with a plug & play system, which works based on the USB technology. This allows passengers to watch their own videos and listen to their own audio files.

RJ 45  and RCA sockets are also installed on these airplanes. This allows laptop connection. Ideal for businessmen who need to work even when travelling.

Some airplanes also offer in-flight telephone services.


Diamond Zone (First Class)

This is the equivalent to the standard first class service and is only available on the Airbus A340-500 and the newer Airbus A330-200. But, the airline is working on installing such seats and additional equipment on Airbus A340-600 as well as on other long haul aircraft that'll be delivered in the future.

This service includes: driver service at selected destinations, 180 degree rotating seats with recline into 6 ft  and 8 in long fully flat beds, "privacy shell" for each suite and direct aisle access. The seat is equipped with a built-in suit carrier, a mini bar, a fold-and-swivel meal table, a mirror, a magazine rack, a reading light, a desk lamp, a 23 in video screen.

The seat has a built-in massage facility and has a specially created headrest.

On Airbus A340-500 aircraft a small seating area and a bar is located at the front of the cabin.

Meal is served in china, quality glassware, in some cases silver-plated cutlery.

The food is prepared by prestigious chefs.


Pearl Zone (Business Class)

This class is available on almost all aircraft, except the Boeing 767-300, the Airbus A340-300, the older Airbus A330-200. This class, destined to business travelers primarily also offers driver service, while the seat can also be reclined into a fully flat bed, its length is 6 ft 1 in. Only 7 in shorter than the one at the superior class (Diamond Zone). Other equipment provided are individual reading lamp, magazine rack, massage facility, a swivel-and-fold meal table, a coat hook and a 15 in screen (8 in smaller than the one at the superior class).

The meals here are also prepared by prestigious chefs.  


Coral Zone (Economy Class)

Seats in this zone have lumbar support, headrests, footrests, seat pitch of up to 33 inches and screens of 10,4 in diameter.

Even so, the Coral Zone has superior services and equipment, when compared with most other airlines. On Etihad, economy is like business class on most other carriers.    




44 cities are served by Etihad, more are in view for the years 2007 and 2008. The airline wants to penetrate deeper into the Asian and the European markets, with special attention given to India and major European hubs.




Very variated types of airplanes are used by Etihad. Mostly long range ones, as presented in the table.

The Airbus A300s are used exclusively for cargo.


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