Facts about Etihad Airways
Launched in 2003, Eithad Airways is a renowned flag carrier of Abu Dhabi. In 15 years it has made its mark globally as a 5-star airline offering luxurious premium cabins and great customer service. It is well known for its cabin crew, seats, on-board services, and food & beverages.
The interesting facts that make Etihad Airways commendable are listed below.
1. Second Largest Airline of UAE
Operating to both domestic and international destinations across Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, USA and Australia, Etihad Airways is considered as second largest airline of UAE.
2. Established in 2003
Etihad Airways was initiated as the second flag carrier of UAE in July 2003 by Royal (Amiri) Decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who wanted an airline for Abu Dhabi. His chief personal pilot Darwish Alkhoory, established the airline.
3. National Flag Carrier of UAE
It has a mixed fleet size of Airbus and Boeing aircrafts comprising Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-8, Boeing 787-9, Airbus A380-800, Airbus A340-600, Airbus A340-600 and Airbus A330-200.
4. Head Office
Etihad Airways is headquartered in Khalifa City, near Abu Dhabi International Airport.
5. Cheapest Business Class Tickets
As one of the cheapest airlines for business class, it has a special offer where if you buy 2 business class tickets in one booking, then the second traveler pays only half the fare.
6. Top Business Class Seats
It has full-flat seats with a pitch of 1.85 m and with aisle access to provide guaranteed comfortable experience. The personal video screen is a full 15 inches, meaning that viewing the 600 hours of entertainment is a pleasure.
7. Flying Nanny for Unaccompanied Children
Etihad has Flying Nannies who provide in-flight child care assistance on long-haul flights. They offer goodie bags filled with games, stickers and activity books.
8. Family-friendly Services
Travelling with children is super easy in Etihad Airways. You can pre-book baby meals and baby bassinets. Complimentary strollers are provided at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Family play rooms are also available in airport lounges.
9. Inflight Entertainment
Much known for big-screen entertainment in the sky, Etihad Airways provides seven channels of Live TV and games on E-BOX. Special collection of animated movies, cartoons, music and interactive games are available for children. All channels have parental lock feature to block content.
10. Retail therapy
Etihad provides tax-free shopping on perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery on-board and much more. Pre-orders are also taken online with 10% discount.
All seats are equipped with USB port and power sockets to charge phones, laptops and iPads. Wi-Fi on-board facility can be availed at a nominal cost.
12. Comfort no matter the Class
All Etihad Smart Seats have adjustable headrests, adjustable back support with plenty of legroom and amazing recline capabilities. Extra-legroom Seats are in economy class. For luxurious comfort, First and Business Class offer fully-flat beds. Full-sized fleece blankets are provided to all travellers.
13. The Bidding System
It offers Bidding Scheme on empty neighboring seats on long haul flights. According to the Neighbor-Free scheme, you can bid before take-off to keep up-to three seats free beside you or you can bid for upgrading to the next cabin.
14. Exclusive Airport Lounges
Etihad has lavish airport lounges equipped with classic drinks, showers and spa treatments. While travelers of Economy Class need to pay to access the Etihad Lounge in Abu Dhabi, Business Class passengers are entitled to use the Premium Lounges.
15. Chauffeur service
It offers free inter-emirate Etihad coach service to Economy Class passengers when arriving or departing Abu Dhabi International Airport. Early booking should be done to get seats. First and Business Class travellers enjoy the added benefit of the Etihad Chauffeur Service operated with a full Mercedes Benz fleet.
16. Etihad Coach
Etihad Airways provides free coaches between Abu Dhabi Airport, Dubai and Al Ain for all travelers.
17. Book Airport Transfers
Travelers can pre-book their airport transfer around the globe with Etihad’s partner Conxxe.
18. Inflight Publications
Atlas is Etihad’s monthly publication that provides details of all global destinations of Etihad Airways.
19. Excellent Dining
Eithad offers excellent food on board, even in its economy class. For Pearl Business class passengers, the dining experience is on a completely different level. With a Food and Beverage manager on board each flight responsible for the quality of food and drink in each meal, coupled with the option to dine when you like, as opposed to dining when the trolley comes round, you get to relax and enjoy your experience on your terms.
20. Value-added services
It offers top-class lounge access and priority check-in facility for Business class passengers. Free limo service to and from the airport is provided in certain destinations like London.
In 2009, the Pearl Business Class of Etihad Airways was voted as the best business class in the world, something Etihad holds very proud of.