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Etihad Airways Announces Strong First Quarter Results With Positive Growth

Source: Etihad Airways

Source: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced its strongest ever passenger and cargo volumes for a first quarter, together with $1.4 billion in total revenues during the three-month period, marking a year-on-year increase of 27 percent.

A total of 3.2 million passengers traveled with Etihad Airways during the first quarter of 2014, over 14 percent higher than the 2.8 million passengers from the same period last year. The growth rate is more than double a recent estimate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that passenger demand will increase 5.8 percent this year on a global basis.

Etihad Cargo also outperformed the global market, carrying 127,821 ton freight and mail in the first quarter. This marks a year-on-year increase of 26 percent, almost seven times higher than IATA’s prediction that the international cargo market will grow by four per cent in 2014.

Source: Etihad Cargo

Source: Etihad Cargo

The airline’s cargo revenue also increased by 26 percent to $243 million, placing Etihad Cargo on track to become a billion dollar business in 2014.

“Although the global airline industry has faced challenges such as higher-than-expected fuel prices and fierce competition in key international markets during the first quarter of 2014, we have continued to outperform the passenger and cargo markets, and raise the bar even further for Etihad Airways,” James Hogan, president and CEO of Airways, said.

According to Mr. Hogan, the airline’s strong performance highlights the continued success of Etihad Airways’ strategic master plan, which focuses on the three fundamental pillars of organic network growth, codeshare partnerships and minority equity investments in other airlines around the world.

Source: Etihad Airways

Source: Etihad Airways

“This unique strategy, and the investments we have made in product, service and infrastructure, means that Etihad Airways is positioned strongly for top-line growth and bottom-line delivery in 2014,” Etihad’s president added.

At the close of the first quarter, Etihad Airways employed 18,543 employees, an increase of 69 per cent year-on-year.

Etihad Airways also won four awards in the first quarter, including the Airline Market Leadership Award at Air Transport World magazine’s 40th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards.

In Q1 2014, Etihad Airways:

  • Unveiled new Etihad Aviation Group structure that includes Etihad Airways, the newly formed Hala Group, Etihad Airport Services, and Group support functions
  • Introduced daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Medina, and increased frequencies on six routes, including destinations such as New York, Munich, Colombo and Chengdu
  • Signed new codeshares with Air Europa and JetBlue, and expanded airBaltic codeshare
  • Launched joint freighter service with DHL serving the Pakistan and GCC markets
  • Increased fleet size to 95 with six additional aircraft
  • Launched sleep program and limited edition amenity kits on long-haul flights
  • Became Official Airline Partner of Major League Soccer in the United States
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