Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, after Emirates. Its head office is in Khalifa City A, near Abu Dhabi City. Established by royal decree in July 2003, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003. The name derives from the Arabic word for “union” (الإتّحاد al-ittiḥād).
Etihad Airways was established as the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by Royal (Amiri) Decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It started with an initial paid-up capital of AED500 million. Services were launched with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain on 5 November 2003. On 12 November 2003, Etihad commenced commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut. Prior to the establishment of Etihad, Gulf Air was the airline which was based at Abu Dhabi Airport and was also co-owned by Bahrain.
In June 2004, the airline made an US$8-billion aircraft order for five Boeing 777-300ERs and 24 Airbus aircraft, including four A380-800s. Their first A380 was delivered in December 2014.
The airline announced what was the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008, for up to 205 aircraft—100 firm orders, 55 options and 50 purchase rights.
Etihad has its head office, in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad spent 183.6 million UAE dirhams($50 million USD) in 2007 to arrange to have its new head office and training center built. The new head office was scheduled to be finished by the end of 2007.
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