Eti­had re­ports year of sus­tained growth as it evolves into EAG

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Eti­had Air­ways de­liv­ered another year of sus­tained growth in 2016, helped by new air­craft, ad­di­tional fre­quen­cies and the in­tro­duc­tion of fur­ther world-class prod­ucts.

The air­line car­ried 18.5 mil­lion guests dur­ing the year, up six per cent on 2015.

The car­rier was also part of the evo­lu­tion of Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group, a wider avi­a­tion and tourism busi­ness that now also in­cludes Eti­had Air­ways Engi­neer­ing; Air­line Eq­uity Part­ners; Eti­had Air­port Ser­vices and Hala Group.

The for­ma­tion of Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group was an­nounced in May 2016.

Dur­ing the year, Eti­had Air­ways op­er­ated more than 109,000 sched­uled pas­sen­ger and cargo flights span­ning around 446 mil­lion kilo­me­tres and 112 des­ti­na­tions.

Ca­pac­ity, mea­sured in avail­able seat kilo­me­tres (ASK), grew by nine per cent and pas­sen­ger traf­fic, mea­sured by rev­enue pas­sen­ger kilo­me­tres (RPK), rose by eight per cent.

The av­er­age load fac­tor held steady at 79 per cent.

Eti­had Air­ways’ fleet of 119 air­craft is one of the youngest and most en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly in the in­dus­try, with an av­er­age age of 6 years.

Dur­ing the year, the air­line took de­liv­ery of 10 air­craft: three Air­bus A380s, five Boeing 787s and two Boeing 777-200 cargo freighters.

An ad­di­tional 12 air­craft are set for de­liv­ery in 2017, in­clud­ing nine Boeing 787s, two Air­bus A380s and one A330-200 freighter.

Eti­had holds the strong­est credit rat­ing in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try (A by Fitch), demon­strat­ing the strength of its suc­cess­ful busi­ness model which is widely ac­knowl­edged by the in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial com­mu­nity. Click here for full story

Eti­had re­ports 2016 growth

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