A fleet of new aircraft, 16 new routes and the accolade of world’s leading new airline for the third year running has made 2006 a landmark year for Etihad Airways.
The Abu Dhabi-based UAE national airline continued to achieve strong growth in 2006. Last year alone, the airline launched 16 new international destinations, which included New York, Paris, Casablanca, Khartoum and Jakarta, in additional to their routes to Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Manchester, Doha, Jeddah, Muscat, Kuwait, Tehran, Dhaka and Manila. Currently 80 percent of Etihad’s fleet is new. The airline has placed a record USD8 billion order for 29 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft.