Etihad Airways are the National
Airline of the Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Etihad commenced commercial operations in November 2003 with Abu Dhabi, the
capital of the UAE, as its hub. After the launch in November 2003 the airline grew rapidly adding almost one new route a month.
In June 2006, they achieved the milestone of launching 30 destinations in 30 months. Etihad currently flies to over 63 destinations
across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and North America and operates 147 flights a day offering Guests new
levels of comfort and hospitality in its three unique cabins: Diamond First Class, Pearl Business Class and Coral Economy
Class. Other significant achievements include: The World’s Leading New Airline of the Year Award (2004, 2005 and 2006,
World Travel Awards). The World’s Leading Flatbed Seat Award (13th World Travel Awards, 2006). Middle East's Leading
First Class Airline –( World Travel Awards, 2007) Best business class airline - Irish Travel Trade News Awards. “Airline
with the best cabin staff” Business Traveller Middle East awards “Airline with the best economy class” Business
Traveller Middle East awards. In 2009 Etihad Airways carried 9 million passengers (6 million 2008). They sponsor Manchester
City Football Club. Etihad business class is called Pearl Zone and offer fully flat business beds and 15” LCD screens
as well as direct access to the aisles. In 2009 Etihad won the world travel awards for the best business class on airlines.
New planes on order include A380’s, Boeing 787’s and 777’s and A350’s and A320’s. From the UK
they fly from Manchester, Heathrow & Gatwick.