Etihad Airways

Abu Dhabi airport

Etihad Airways (Arabic الاتحاد, DMG al -Ittihad - translation ' Union ') is an airline of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi headquarters and home base in the same Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.


Etihad Airways (short: Etihad ) occurs as the national airline of the UAE. It was founded in July 2003 by government decree of the Emir of Abu Dhabi Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. From the government a capital of AED 500 million was provided ( = $ 136 million ) for the launch. Flight operations began on 5 November 2003 with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain. The first commercial flight with the aim of Beirut took place on 12 November 2003. During the first full year of operation in 2004 Etihad transported some 340,000 passengers. Three years later in 2007 he was promoted over 4.6 million, in 2008, there were 6.0 million passengers.

On 20 June 2007 it was announced at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, that you have ordered an additional four A340- 600s and five A330 -200s and three A330 -200F for the first time. In addition, Etihad said that it had been agreed with Airbus to a shift in the delivery of four ordered A380. Of the first aircraft delivery was initially delayed due to production problems from 2007 to mid-2008; However, the delivery will now take place at the request of Etihad until 2014. The originally planned for Etihad production slots have already been awarded, according to Airbus A380 to other customers.

In December 2011 Etihad Airways announced to participate with 29.21 percent of the financially ailing Air Berlin and thus to become the largest single shareholder. In addition to be made an extensive cooperation, including a codeshare agreement and compliance with the respective Vielfliegerprogammen. As part of Air Berlin moved its route from Berlin to Dubai from 15 January 2012 after Abu Dhabi. At the hub of Abu Dhabi Air Berlin passengers can then change to Etihad connections.

Etihad is fully owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, which is the ruling Al Nahyan family. The first year in which the airline was able to report a profit, was the year 2012 with a net income of $ 42 million. Etihad has received since the beginning of the air service in 2003 several recognitions for their comfort and service, most recently at the World Travel Awards 2012 with the award " leading airline ."

In July 2012, it was announced that Etihad will enter into a partnership with Air France -KLM. Also the formation of a joint venture is not excluded. In the 3rd quarter of 2012 in addition to a codeshare and interline agreements with Aer Lingus to start.

On 1 August 2013, the acquisition of 49 percent of Jat Airways Etihad Airways was announced. The company is called in the course of which since the end of October 2013 Air Serbia.

In September 2013, the boards of the Etihad moved into its new headquarters in Berlin.

In October 2013, the Indian government approved the participation of 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways for 20.6 billion rupees (about 246 million euros ).

In November 2013 it was announced that Etihad Airways take over a share of 33.3 percent on the Swiss regional airline Darwin Airline and have them in future operate under the new regional brand Etihad and intends to significantly expand.

In December 2013 it was announced that Etihad Airways participated in Alitalia in the form of a capital increase of 300 million euros.


The company is managed by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan ( Chairman ) and James Hogan (CEO ). It consists of the following areas:

  • Etihad Airways
  • Etihad Cargo ( logistics) - to June 2012, Etihad Crystal Cargo referred to as
  • Etihad Holidays ( tour operators)
  • Etihad Guest ( FFP )

The organizational form is characterized by a very flat hierarchy and correspondingly short decision-making paths, which is not least that all management and decision-making functions are in the royal family, so the owners, bundled. Compared to other airlines, this can be regarded as significant competitive advantage because the company basically has full support in the implementation of its objectives.

Etihad, Emirates, as well as, the major advantage of the geographical location of their hub. The UAE is located on major, global transport routes, such as Europe, Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, North America, India, and South Asia. Thus, for by the UAE starting all the major cities in the radius of 8000 nautical miles with the help of ( ultra-) long-range aircraft reach. Around 3.5 billion people fall here in a radius of eight flight hours. The focus is on the emerging nations of India and China for Etihad.


From their home base, the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad serves from 102 destinations in 62 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America. In Germany, the company flies twice each day nonstop to Frankfurt and Munich, as well as once a day to Dusseldorf. In Switzerland, the Geneva airport is served, from June 2014 flying Etihad also the Zurich airport.

Cabin classes

In all cabin classes an in-flight entertainment system and a power outlet at your seat is available. In the Diamond First Class, which is not offered on all flights, each passenger is a lockable cabin. The Pearl Business Class features in the widebody A330/A340 and B777 staggered to seats, which can be converted into flat beds; in the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320 conventional recliner. The seats of the Coral Economy Class are in the B777 in the relatively narrow 3 4 3 arrangement.


As of November 2013, the fleet of Etihad Airways Etihad Cargo including her daughter from 89 aircraft consists with an average age of 4.9 years:


Etihad Cargo


During flight operations of Etihad Airways, there have been no incidents involving severe personal injury.

  • On 15 November 2007 a ​​brand new A340 -600 was during an engine test at the Airbus site in Toulouse so badly damaged that the machine had to be written off. The aircraft, which six days later at Etihad Airways should have been delivered, sat down accidentally set into motion and rolled into a concrete wall. Through this, the cockpit section was completely separated from the fuselage and fell on the other side of the wall about five feet deep on the ground. Five of the nine occupants were injured.
  • On February 20, 2014 resolved during the flight EY 461 from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi in a Boeing 777- 300ER total of five smoke detectors in the toilets from. The fires could be deleted by airline personnel each. In an unscheduled stopover in Jakarta ( Indonesia) could not be traced, the author; the flight was continued.


The airline has invested in a three-year sponsorship agreement with Ferrari in Formula 1 in order to achieve worldwide 2.5 billion people in 200 countries with advertising can. In addition, Etihad was the main sponsor of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which was first staged in 2009. Furthermore, Etihad sponsor of the sports of football ( Chelsea FC, Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Manchester City ), rugby ( Harlequins ), as well as curling and golf.

In addition, Etihad is the second largest advertising medium capable of flying model aircraft in the world, the replica of an Airbus A380.