Etihad Airways, founded in 2003, is Abu Dhabi’s national carrier. In 15 years, it has become a 5-star airline with magnificent premium accommodations and excellent customer service. On board services, food and drinks are well-known.
Here are some fascinating facts about Etihad Airways.
- UAE’s 2nd largest airline
For its local and international routes, Etihad Airways is the UAE’s second-largest airline.
- Founded in 2003
In July 2003, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed a Royal (Amiri) Decree establishing Etihad Airways as the UAE’s second flag carrier. Darwish Alkhoory, his personal pilot, founded the airline.
- UAE National Flag Carrier
Its fleet includes Boeing 777-300ER, 777-8, Boeing 787-9 Etihad, A380-800, A340-600, and A330-200.
- Head Office
The airline is based in Khalifa City, near Abu Dhabi International Airport.
- Business Class Tickets at Lowest Prices
As one of the cheapest airlines for business class, it offers a special deal whereby if you book two tickets, the second traveler pays half the fare.
- Business Class Seats
It includes full-flat seats with 1.85 m pitch and aisle access for a guaranteed pleasant ride. The 15-inch personal video screen makes watching the 600 hours of entertainment a joy.
- Unaccompanied Child Flying Nanny
On long-haul flights, Etihad provides Flying Nannies who help with child care. They give them reward packages containing games, stickers, and novels.
- Services for Families
Etihad Airways makes flying with kids a breeze. Pre-order baby food and bassinets. The Abu Dhabi International Airport provides free strollers. Airport lounges also include family play areas.
- On-board amusement
Etihad Airways delivers seven channels of Live TV and gaming on E-BOX. Children’s animated movies, cartoons, music, and games are offered. Parental controls are available on all channels.
You may buy perfume, cosmetics, jewelry and other items tax-free on Etihad. Pre-orders online are discounted by 10%.
A USB port and power plugs are available in every seat. Wi-Fi on-board is available for a fee.
- Classless Comfort
A great deal of space and exceptional reclining capabilities come included on all Etihad Smart Seats. Airplane seats with more legroom in economy. First and Business Class provide fully-flat beds. All travelers get full-sized fleece blankets.
- Bidding system
You may bid on vacant seats on long-haul flights. You may bid before takeoff to keep up to three seats free alongside you, or to upgrade to the next cabin.
- Specialty Airport Lounges
Etihad’s airport lounges are opulent, with traditional cocktails, showers, and Unlike Economy Class passengers, Business Class passengers may utilize the Premium Lounges at Abu Dhabi.
- Taxi service
This service is available to Economy Class travelers entering or exiting Abu Dhabi International Airport. Seats should be reserved early. First and Business Class passengers may use the Etihad Chauffeur Service, which uses a Mercedes-Benz fleet.
- Coach Etihad
Etihad Airways provides free coach service between Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain.
- Reserve Airport Transfers
Conxxe, an Etihad partner, offers pre-bookable airport transfers worldwide.
- Inflight Publications Atlas is Etihad Airways’ monthly booklet listing all worldwide destinations.
- Great Dining
Even in economy class, Eithad serves delicious food. The eating experience in Pearl Business class is exceptional. With a dedicated Food and Beverage manager on each flight, and the option to dine whenever you want, rather than waiting for the trolley, you can relax and enjoy your flight on your terms.
- Valuable services
Business-class travelers get priority check-in and access to a premium lounge. Some cities, like London, provide free airport limo service.
Etihad Airways’ Pearl Business Class was rated the finest business class in the world in 2009.