The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways commenced commercial operations in November 2003 and is probably the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation. Etihad has a fleet of 53 aircraft operating close to 1000 flights per, carrying over 17 million guests over an international network of 63 destinations in 42 countries.
Etihad has received a range of awards that reflects its position as the leading premium airline brand in the world, including “World’s Leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards in 2009.
Etihad is committed to providing guests with a superior travel experience both inflight and on the ground. Etihad has recently upgraded a number of its aircraft in the Business Class and Economy Class cabins, and its new First Class suite is expected to be available on all three-class aircraft by the end of 2010. Etihad took delivery of the first of its six A330-300s with all cabins upgraded in December 2009. The airline also offers a range of convenient ground services, including chauffer pick-up in 19 destinations globally and premium lounges in Abu Dhabi, London and Frankfurt.
Etihad’s Loyalty program, Etihad Guest, was launched in August 2006 and now has more than 870,000 members. The program offers members the opportunity to accumulate Etihad Guest Miles which can be redeemed against a wide selection of over 1,800 flight and non-flight rewards from more than 200 partners.
Etihad Airways and international hotel chain Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts entered into an important new partnership allowing members of the Etihad frequent flyer programme Etihad Guest to collect miles worldwide whenever they stay in one of the 28 Swissôtels throughout 16 countries.
“This new partnership expresses our appreciation of our Arabian guests,” says Petra Götting, Vice President Marketing & Sales Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. “The Middle East is an important market offering us steadily growing potential. We are also opening our first hotel in this region, the Swissôtel Makkah in Saudi Arabia, at the start of next year – another good reason to cooperate with a successful Arabian airline.”
Photo credits – Etihad Airways and Swissotel Hotels and Resorts.
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