The national carrier of UAE (United Arab Emirates), Etihad Airways was founded by a Royal decree in July 2003 and started its operations in November, the same year. It is based at Abu Dhabi and covers destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Owing to its warm hospitality and premium services, the airline has received an array of awards, including the Worlds Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards. The airline has been getting this honour for three consecutive years now, i.e., from 2009 to 2011. It is because of this prestige that many international travel deals on websites now prefer to fly its customers through this carrier.
On 11th November, this airline celebrated its 10th anniversary by throwing a lavish reception party. The gala event at Yacht Club and Abu Dhabi Sailing was attended by many VIPs, including the Chairman of the Crown Prince Court and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Over 500 guests were treated to a fly-past with an Etihad Airbus flying at a height of 600 ft. along the spectacular skyline of Abu Dhabi and Corniche breakwater. Before concluding the night with dazzling firework, the occasion was made more joyous by Kadim Al Sahir, an Arabic singing star who entertained the audience with many popular songs.
The carrier not only operates its own flights, but also has code share partnership with other leading airlines like Air France, Olympic Air and Air Canada. As it is in partnership with Bangkok Airways as well, travellers should not be surprised to board Delhi Bangkok flights with a logo of Etihad Airways. Similarly, for flying on routes covered by other leading partners of this carrier, travellers can avail online Etihad Airways booking facilities offered by different travel portals. An added advantage of booking online tickets is that passengers can get the deal of their choice at discounted prices.