Etihad Airways is the national flag carrier of United Arab Emirates and one of the leading airlines in the world. Established in July 2003 by Royal Decree, Etihad Airways commenced its operations in November 2003. The airline, which is based in Abu Dhabi, has its headquarters located in Khalifa City A. It has a fleet of 67 technologically advanced aircraft, flying to 85 countries in the world across the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Europe, North America and Africa.
The fleet of Etihad Airways comprises of Airbus and Boeing and McDonnell Douglas MD aircraft. It flies more than 1,300 flights every week and operates both passenger and cargo flights. Etihad Airways’ cargo division called Etihad Crystal Cargo offers services to various international destinations with two Airbus aircraft.
The Etihad luggage restrictions are different for different classes. Bags weighing 40 kg are allowed for the Diamond First Class, 30 kg for the Pearl Business Class and 23 kg for the Coral Economy Class. Two bags not exceeding 12 kg can be carried by both Business Class and First Class passengers as per the airway’s cabin baggage policy. For the Economy Class passengers, it is limited to 7 kg. Anything exceeding the free baggage rules will be liable to get charged.
The official website of the airline offers a range of services, which include checking flight details like schedule, route maps, fares, and seat availability, and making your reservation by paying through your credit or debit cards. You also have the option to check the PNR status, get regular updates of flights, book cars and hotels, pre order meals, and avail many other facilities on the online portal. Special offers and rewards are also available when you book tickets online.
Nowadays the airline also promotes booking of tickets on mobile phones, which is easy and convenient. With the GPRS enabled handsets you can access the website and get the tickets. Other than this, the 24-hour call centers and booking counters across the globe are always there for any help you need. There are several other travel and tourism websites and travel agents that offer you services like checking your reservation status and regular updates of the flight status, in addition to booking your tickets. The online check-in is an added feature that enables you to generate your boarding pass online.
Etihad Airways has an in-flight entertainment system with AVOD. International flights have a Plug-And-Play system which works on USB technology and it allows the passengers to play their own audio, video and picture media. Some flights also have the in-flight telephone facility. No wonder, the airline holds a prestigious position of flying the youngest and most environmentally friendly aircraft with an average age of three years.