Etihad Airways is the second largest airline industry of the United Arab Emirates known for the luxurious services it offers. Its headquarters is situated in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi in the vicinity of the Abu Dhabi International Airport. It was established by the royal decree of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in July 2003 and had started their operations in the same year in November.
The airline works with more than thousands of flights per week to over 150 passengers and cargo destinations all across the globe including the Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and USA with a fleet size of 119 Airbus and a Boeing Aircraft. It witnessed a 23% increment in its passenger count compared to the previous year. It registered revenues of US$ 4.8 billion and net profits of up to US$ 42 million. It is the third largest airline in the Middle East. It would indeed be an understatement to state that Etihad is on its way to becoming the leading airline industry of the world. Below are some of the verified credentials that justify its stature and reputation in the international market.
Other business ventures and corporate sponsorship
• Etihad declared on 30 July 2007 that it would become the main sponsor of Harlequins Rugby Club and Harlequins Rugby League club (UK). The South East stand sponsorship also includes renaming the Twickenham Stoop to the Etihad Stand.
- • On 18th December 2007 Etihad also announced that they would become the title sponsors for the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand prix to be held at the famous Yas Island. It will flash the words “Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix” for one month on the aircraft a month before the race.
- • It further announced in November 2008 that it would also take over the Docklands stadium in Melbourne (previously known as the Telstra Dome). The name change policy to Etihad Stadium came into effect on 1 March 2009.
- • It also announced in May 2009 that it would serve as the official sponsor of the Premier League Side Manchester City. Part of the deal now also includes the renaming of the Manchester City’s stadium to “Etihad Stadium.”
Awards, recognitions, and other valuable credentials
The airways have won more than 30 awards since it was inaugurated in 2003. It has won the world travel awards designation for having the best Business class in the world in the year 2009. It also won the “world’s leading airline” award at the world travel awards in London. Further in the year 2010, it won the “world’s best first class award by Skytrax at Hamburg and several other prestigious awards for its excellent air service.
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