Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways takes its name from the Arabic word for ‘union’. Set up by Royal decree in 2003, Etihad has been one of the fastest growing airlines in history. Etihad is the second largest airline in the UAE, operating more than 1000 flights in a single week to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi. Etihad’s popularity lies in its combination of modern ultra-luxury and Arabian hospitality which it mixes seamlessly to create a unique in-flight experience; one where east meets west and culture and hospitality meet cutting edge comfort.

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*Information on this page is correct as of May 2016

Why Fly Etihad Airways

How to Check In

Etihad offers airport check-in free of charge and online check-in for more than half their routes and available from 24 hours up to 2 hours before the flight departure time. Luggage can be checked-in online and boarding passes printed, although there is no charge if this is done at the airport. Passengers should leave enough time to drop off baggage even when checking-in online. Etihad’s check-in counters open three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to take-off or 45 minutes before departure for Business class passengers.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Etihad allows every passenger one cabin bag and a personal item such as a laptop bag or a handbag. The cabin bag must not weigh more than 7kg. Travellers flying First or Business class are entitled to 2 items of cabin baggage each, free of charge. Checked baggage for standard economy passengers must not exceed 30 kg or a size of 45 x 72 x 90cm. First class customers must not exceed a total weight of 50 kg and for Business class passengers this is 40 kg. Excess baggage charges apply but vary dependent on the type of ticket and destination. Please check with the airline for more information.


Etihad allocate seats to all passengers free of charge. There is no additional fee for changing seats either online or at the airport in person. On board, Economy class boasts a very generous amount of legroom, a 34 inch pitch and ergonomically designed backs that ‘cradle’ the passenger for maximum comfort while cushions come as standard. Meanwhile in First and Business Class customers can enjoy unrivaled comfort in the luxury of private suites with fully reclining beds. Looking to compare Business and Economy? Check out our guide to Business class versus Economy class.

Booking Fees

There are no hidden fees or charges for booking by credit or debit card and all on board refreshments and entertainment are included in the ticket price.

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