23 Facts About Etihad Airways


Etihad Airways is one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates .

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Etihad Airways holds minority equity investments in the participating airlines, as well as having had a stake in Virgin Australia, until its insolvency in April 2020 with no return on investment.

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On 12 November 2003, Etihad Airways commenced commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut, Lebanon.

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Etihad Airways 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.

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On 9 January 2018, Etihad Airways appointed Mark Powers as Group CFO, replacing interim Group CFO Ricky Thirion.

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On 2 July 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security unbanned Etihad Airways and exempted Etihad Airways from the 2017 electronics ban after the airline enhanced its passenger screening processes.

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In February 2019, Etihad Airways announced large order cancellations for both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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In May 2020, shortly after Air France retired its entire Airbus A380 fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were rumors that Etihad Airways was considering canceling all its remaining Airbus A350 orders and retiring its entire Airbus A380 fleet due to more financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, by 26 May 2020, Etihad Airways confirmed that the airline will not cancel its remaining Airbus A350 orders and plans to proceed with them.

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In February 2021, Etihad Airways vaccinated all its operating pilots and cabin crew against COVID-19, the first airline to vaccinate all its operating pilots and cabin crew.

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Since most of Etihad Airways's flights were grounded between March and June 2020, the airline posted a core operating loss of $1.

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Etihad Airways had reported significant losses even before the pandemic; since 2016, it lost over $5.

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Etihad Airways has its head office, in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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Etihad Airways is governed by a board of directors chaired by Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, and operates in terms of its founding legislation and the Article of Association of the company.

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The current CEO of Etihad Airways Group is Tony Douglas who was appointed as chief executive officer in January 2018.

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In September 2018, Etihad Airways Cargo announced a revised and heavily downsized network of cargo destinations to reflect the reduced fleet and a focus on core freight operations.

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Until terminating the Sao Paulo service in late March 2017, Etihad Airways was one of the few carriers to have passenger services to all six inhabited continents.

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Etihad Airways opened a twice-weekly route to Tel Aviv, Israel in April 2021.

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In 2018 Etihad Airways announced its new brand platform named "Choose Well" which allows guests to make choices about how they travel in terms of airport services, luggage allowance, seats and the addition of Buying On Board service.

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On 28 April 2019 Etihad Airways announced that it would remove seat-back screens in the economy section of 23 of its narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, used for flights of up to 5 hours.

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Etihad Airways signed a new 10-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation in 2011 for the provision of in-flight entertainment including broadband internet and live TV.

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

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Etihad Airways flew the world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial flight using locally produced jet fuel derived from salicornia plant on 15 January 2019.

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