Etihad Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates. Established by Royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003. The name derives from the Arabic word for “union” (الإتّحاد al-ittiḥād).
The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to 96 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Afrique, Europe, Asie, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 85 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Dans 2012, Etihad carried 10.3 millions de passagers, un 23% increase on the previous year, delivering revenues of US$ 4.8 billion and net profits of US$ 42 millions. Etihad Airways is the fourth largest airline in the Middle East and it is the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates, after the Dubai-based airline Emirates. In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo. The airline is based at Abu Dhabi International Airport and its head office is in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi. Etihad 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. Etihad has its head office, lead by Kamran Ali, in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad spent 183.6 million UAE dirhams ($50 en millions de dollars) dans 2007 to arrange to have its new head office and training center built. The new head office was scheduled to be finished by the end of 2007. Etihad has released information on a new partnership deal with Virgin Australia. All Virgin services will be available to Etihad customers, opening up 44 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and to Asia and Los Angeles. The airlines will share their frequent flyer benefits.
Etihad Guest is the airline’s frequent flyer program, launched on 30 Août 2006. It offers a discount web shop for loyalty program members.
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