One of the United Arab Emirates two national airlines is Etihad Airways. Its main office is located close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi. In November 2003, Etihad officially opened for business. After Emirates, it is the country’s second-largest airline. Arabic for “Union” is the name Etihad.
Etihad Airways was made the second flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates by a Royal (Amiri) Decree that was issued in July 2003 by future UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He desired an airline for Abu Dhabi.
In Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, next to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad maintains its headquarters. The construction of Etihad’s new headquarters and training facility cost the airline 183.6 million UAE dirhams (about $50 million) in 2007. By the end of 2007, the construction of the new headquarters was supposed to be complete.
James Hogan took on the role of president and CEO of Etihad Airlines in September 2006 after serving as CEO of Gulf Air. He held this position until January 2018 when Tony Douglas became the current CEO of Etihad Group. With 14.8 million passengers transported in 2015. A 22.3% increase from the previous year—Etihad Airways generated US$9.02 billion in revenue and US$103 million in net profits. Abu Dhabi International Airport serves as its major base.
Etihad runs Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo in addition to its primary business of transporting passengers. Moreover, in October 2015, Etihad launched its airline alliance, Etihad Airways Partners, which was disbanded in 2018 as a result of several of its members experiencing financial difficulties.
Etihad Airways Business and Response to Challenges.
The US Department of Homeland Security debanned Etihad Airways on July 2, 2017. Lifted the 2017 electronics ban after the airline improved its passenger screening procedures.
On May 1, 2021, Etihad Airways announced that it had returned its 40% ownership of Air Seychelles to the Seychelles government.
There were rumors that Etihad Airways was considering canceling all of its remaining Airbus A350 orders and retiring its entire Airbus A380 fleet due to further financial losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020.
Not long after Air France retired its entire Airbus A380 fleet as a result of the pandemic. On May 26, 2020, Etihad announced that it would carry out the remainder of its orders for the Airbus A350. In addition, the airline reaffirmed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It did not have any intentions to retire its Airbus A380 fleet early, in contrast to Air France.
From its base at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad serves 81 passenger and cargo destinations in Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia as of June 2019.
One of the only airlines with passenger service to all six inhabited continents was Etihad Airways, which ended the So Paulo route in late March 2017.
2018 saw the launch of “Choose Well,”. A new brand platform by Etihad Airways that gives customers more control over their travel experiences. By letting them choose their seats, baggage allowance, airport services, and even the addition of a buying on-board option.
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