Etihad Airways celebrates 15 years of flying through the skies


Etihad Airways, the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates celebrates 15 years anniversary with a series of events and initiatives in Abu Dhabi and around the world.

Etihad Airways commenced flying on 5th November 2003 with a single Airbus A330-200.regular commercial flights were launched on 12 November of the same year from Abu Dhabi to the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are tremendously proud of Etihad’s achievements in just fifteen years. In this short time, we have emerged as one of the worlds most respected and recognized airline brands, known for leading the way through innovation, and upholding the best aspects of Arabian hospitality, delivered to millions of customers with a style and flair synonymous with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. We can look to the future with renewed vigour and vitality, as the airline of choices, showcasing Abu Dhabi everywhere we fly.

“We express sincere thanks to our customers, our corporate and travel trade partners here in Abu Dhabi and around the world, and our people for their invaluable loyalty and support.”

The UAE national airline now operates a next-generation fleet over 110 modern Boeing and Airbus aircraft, flying to 84 passenger and cargo destinations. During the 15 years, Etihad Airways has operated over 840,000 passenger flights and served 193 million guests globally with a dedicated workforce of over 22,000 talented individuals hailing from over 150 countries.

To mark the glorious occasion, Diane von Furstenberg has worked with Etihad Airways to design limited edition cabin crew scarves and ties, which were introduced at a star-studded event at the spectacular Louvre Abu Dhabi. Throughout the month of November cabin crews will wear the fashionable new accessories to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and its 10-year partnership with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The event at Louvre Abu Dhabi was jointly hosted by Etihad Airways, IMG supermodel Joan Smalls, who unveiled the new scarves via a model diary video and actress Liv Tyler and attended by some of the UAE’s most influential figures including global fashion and lifestyle media.