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Etihad Airways

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Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200

Etihad Airways is a national airline based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It operates services to the Middle East, Europe and the Indian subcontinent. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

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History

The airline was established in 2003 and started operations on November 13 2003. In December 2004 it won the 'World's Leading New Airline Award' at the 11th World Travel Awards in Barbados. It is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

A cargo division has also been established, Etihad Crystal Cargo, and on 3 February 2005 it inaugurated the all-cargo service with its first-ever commercial cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt.

Services

Etihad Airways operates the following services (at February 2005):

Abu Dhabi to Amman, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beirut, Cairo, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Geneva, Karachi, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Mumbai, Munich and Riyadh.

Plans are underway to expand the network to Brussels, Doha, Frankfurt and Toronto in 2005

Fleet

The Etihad Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (at June 2005):

Etihad Airways has placed orders for four Airbus A380 aircraft for delivery in 2007. It has also purchased 20 other Airbus aircraft, including four A340-500 (delivery from 2006), four A340-600 (delivery from 2007) and 12 A330-200 (delivery from 2006). The new aircraft will be deployed to further develop its rapidly expanding network in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America.

In February 2005, Etihad Airways announced that five Boeing 777-300ER had been ordered and were expected in October-December 2005.

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