Etihad Airways stated (04-Nov-2010) 2010 has seen the return of passenger travel and it expects to carry more than 7.3 million passengers by the end of the 2010, compared to 6.3 million in 2009. The load factor has also "increased significantly" from 74% in 2009, and is expected to average 77% for 2010. Five new routes were added to the airline’s network during 2010 - Colombo, Nagoya, Tokyo, Erbil, and Seoul Incheon - while access to many key destinations on Etihad’s global network was improved following a 12% increase in the number of weekly flights from 928 in 2009 to more than a thousand in 2010. Fleet expansion continued in 2010 with the addition of three new aircraft including one A330-300 and two A330-200Fs. A further A330-300 aircraft will come into service by 13-Nov-2010, bringing the fleet complement, including six freighters, to 57 by year end. Etihad celebrated its seventh anniversary on 05-Nov-2010. In seven years of rapid growth, Etihad has flown over 26 million passengers on more than 180,000 flights to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, and Asia. [more]
Etihad Airways: “We have witnessed tremendous growth over the past seven years in our route network, aircraft fleet, passenger figures and number of employees. It has been a tremendously exciting and productive year for Etihad Airways and we are looking forward to our eighth year of commercial operation, remaining firmly dedicated to our target of breaking even in 2011", James Hogan, CEO. Source: Etihad Airways, 04-Nov-2010.