The national airline of United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways has become one of the leading airlines in the world. Etihad is an Arabic word that means union and represents the spirit of UAE. The airline was established back in November 2003 by the Royal (Amiri) Decree. Right from its inception, the airline has proved to be one of the fastest growing carriers in the commercial aviation industry. It has its hub in the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi that gives it a geographical advantage. The airline boasts of an impressive fleet of 66 aircrafts with over 1000 Etihad Airways flights operating every week. The airline offers air tickets at low air fare to around 84 destinations around the world. The carrier owns around 30 and 40 per cent stake in airberlin and Air Seychelles, with the former being the second largest carrier in Germany. This helps it in serving passengers better and offers a comprehensive flight schedule to various destinations. Etihad Airways truly reflects the warm, generous and cultured Arabian hospitality, both in flight and at airport. The warm hospitality and world-class services have won the airline several awards, including 'World's Leading Airline' for three consecutive years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 at World Travel Awards.less
Etihad Airways is one of the leading airlines globally, owing to its extensive route network and fleet. The airline offers regular flights at low air fare to around 55 countries of the world. In Indian sub-continent, Etihad Airways flights connect Abu Dhabi to India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It flies to cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chittagong, Dhaka, Colombo, Karachi and Lahore in this region. Passengers can also purchase air tickets to major European destinations like Belarus, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Dublin, Milan and Switzerland, to name a few. In the Middle-East region, the schedule of Etihad Airways includes a number of major destinations like Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Oman and Qatar. Travellers can also book flights to Asian destinations like China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea, to list a few. The America is also served by the Etihad Airways with regular flights operating to Chicago, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Toronto. Etihad Airways also connects UAE to Africa with flights to Egypt, Kenya, Libya, South Africa and Sudan. Disregard of the location of passengers it is quite easy to book a flight owing to its online booking facility.
Eithad Airways boasts of an intensive fleet of 52 technologically advanced aircrafts. The fleet of Eithad Airways comprises 2 Airbus A319 - 100, 8 Airbus A320 - 200, 15 Airbus A330 - 200, 4 Airbus A340 - 500, 5 Airbus A340 - 600, 5 Boeing 777 - 300 ER, 2 Airbus A300 - 600RF, 1 Airbus A340 - 300 and 1 McDonnell Douglas-MD - 11F. in addition, Etihad Airways did a record-breaking order in July 2008 for up to 205 aircrafts at the Farnborough International Airshow, including firm orders for 100 aircraft. In addition, Etihad Airways have ordered for 469 engines at the Paris Air Show, including firm orders for 239 engines in May 2009. Etihad Airways is also one of the youngest and most environmentally-friendly aircraft fleets, with an average age of three years.
The Etihad luggage restrictions are different for different classes. As per Etihad Airways baggage policy, bags worth 40 kgs are allowed for Diamond First Class, 30 kgs for Pearl Business Class and 23 kgs for Coral Economy Class. The size of the bags for all classes is restricted to 45 cms x 72 cms x 90 cms respectively. As per Etihad Airways cabin baggage policy, 2 bags not exceeding 12 kgs can be carried by both business and first class passengers. For economy-class passengers, this is restricted to 7 kgs. Anything exceeding the free baggage rules will be liable to a charge.
Awards & Recognition
Etihad Airways has gained itself the credit of the largest ever commercial aviation start-up aircraft order, announced in 2004, for 29 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. She has won more than 40 global awards for service and innovation including Best Business Class at the 2009 Skytrax Awards. Besides this, Etihad Airways sponsored the Ferrari Formula 1 Team, Manchester City and Chelsea Football Clubs, Harlequins Rugby Football Club, the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Etihad Airways History
The Etihad Airways was started in July 2003 by a royal order issued by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Etihad Airways started its operation on 5th November, 2003 with an inaugural flight to Al Ain and on 12th November, 2003, Etihad Airways began commercial operations with its flight services to Beirut. Etihad Airways flew its first direct flight from the UAE to Geneva in June 2004 and began direct flights to Brussels and Toronto in October 2005. In the year 2008, Etihad Airways carried more than 6 million passengers worldwide. Recently, Etihad Airways Terminal 3 opened at the Abu Dhabi Airport, which will be dedicated to Etihad flights and is estimated to cater to 5 million guests per year!