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December 2012
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was set up by Royal (Amiri)
Decree in July 2003. Etihad Airways commenced operations in November 2003 and in nine
years has become one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of commercial aviation.
This airline has received a range of awards that reflect its position as one of the world’s
leading premium airline brands, including ‘World’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel
Awards for four consecutive years.
Its main business is the international air transportation of passengers. Etihad Airways also
operates Etihad Holidays, Etihad Cargo and a global contact centre organisation as part of its
commercial group.
Our business
2012 World Travel Awards:
• World’s Leading Airline
• World’s Leading First Class
2012 World Travel Awards Middle East:
• Middle East’s Leading Airline
• Leading Airline First Class
• Leading Airline In-Flight Entertainment
• Leading Cabin Staff
2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards:
• Best First Class
• Best First Class Seats
• Best First Class Catering
2012 Business Traveller Middle East Awards:
• Airline with the Best Economy Class
• Airline with the Best Cabin Crew
2012 CAPA Annual Awards for Excellence:
• Aviation Executive of the Year -
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President
and Chief Executive Officer
2012 Aviation Business Awards:
• Airline of the Year
2012 Premier Traveler:
• Best Airline in the Middle East
2012 Belgian Travel Awards:
• Best Long-haul Airline
2012 Mercury Award:
• Onboard Service Innovation
2012 IIRME HR Excellence Awards:
• Recruitment Program of the Year
2012 Irish Travel Trade News Awards:
• Best Longhaul Airline
• Best Premium Class Airline
Our latest awards:
Etihad Airways surpassed its target and carried a record 10.29 million passengers in 2012,
achieving a 22 per cent increase on the total of 8.41 million passengers for 2011.
The increase represents an extra 1.88 million passengers travelling on the carrier’s global
network that now covers 86 of its own passenger and cargo destinations, and 248 codeshare
The passenger growth for Etihad Airways is mirrored by its equity partners. By the end of
2012, airberlin carried 33.3 million passengers, Virgin Australia 19.5 million passengers, Aer
Lingus nearly 11 million passengers, and Air Seychelles 244,000 passengers.
Etihad Airways and its equity partners collectively carried more than 74 million passengers in
2012, with cooperation between the five airlines greatly contributing to passenger growth.
Etihad Airways has acquired a majority stake in a new entity incorporated to own airberlin’s
topbonus frequent flyer program, the first step in the establishment of a global loyalty
Etihad Airways has taken a 70 per cent holding in the new company, with airberlin taking
the remaining 30 per cent.
The entity will become part of a new loyalty management company being established
by Etihad Airways that will allow the airline and its partners to target the fast-growing,
profitable global loyalty management market more effectively. The new loyalty management
company will have global scale and a critical mass of valuable, high-spending consumers.