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About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and operational base at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline was first established in 2003 by Emiri decree, with the vision to become the best airline in the world and connect Abu Dhabi to the rest of the world.

Etihad Airways is a world-renowned airline known for its luxury and revolutions in the aviation industry. Although based in Abu Dhabi, the airline has signed numerous codeshare agreements with many airlines including Aegean Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Middle East Airlines, Asiana Airlines and many others. Etihad has even signed codeshare partners with other transportation companies including France's national rail company SNCF.

Etihad Airways operates a young and fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft on their routes. The airline offers outstanding guest hospitality with over 600 hours of in-flight entertainment and competitive fares. Etihad Airways business class lounge is situated opposite the gates that are most frequently used by Etihad. Inside the lounge, you can relax and enjoy treatments from their six senses spa and also enjoy 5-star dining supported by their open kitchen. A prayer room, a modern business centre and full washroom facilities are available.

Etihad Airways had a subsidiary, Etihad Regional which had services in and around Europe until 2017. The airline has also formed a joint venture with fellow Emirati airline Air Arabia, forming Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.


As of April 2022, Etihad Airways flies to many destinations around the world, including Melbourne, Sydney, Dhaka, Toronto, Cairo, Paris, Munich, Athens, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Dammam, Jeddah, New York and many others. Etihad Airways offer a service to Dubai, with flights arriving into Abu Dhabi and then a complimentary transfer to downtown Dubai.


Carry-On Baggage

Passengers flying on Etihad Airways in Economy class are allowed to bring one item of carry-on baggage that can't weigh more than 7kg. Passengers flying in Business Class on Etihad Airways can bring two pieces of carry-on baggage that must not be heavier than the combined weight of 12kg. All carry-on baggage must fit within the dimensions of 50 x 40 x 25cm, regardless of which class you're flying in.

In addition, passengers are allowed one personal item, weighing a maximum of 5kg. This item must not exceed the dimensions 50 x 40 x 25cm.

Checked Baggage

If you're flying to or from Canada and the USA on Etihad Airways, your checked baggage must fit within the dimensions of 50 x 70 x 38 cm. For all other destinations, your baggage must fit within the dimensions 45 x 72 x 90 cm. No single item of baggage can exceed the weight of 32kg.

The weight that passengers are allowed is dependent on the route travelling and the fare purchased. Check this link to see the allocated baggage allowance for your flight, by clicking on your route travelling and looking at your fare.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

To check-in for your Etihad Airways flight, please visit our online check-in page and click on the Etihad logo. Online check-in with Etihad Airways is available from 2 days before your flight up until 1 hour before your flight. Just enter your last name and booking reference or ticket number on the Etihad Airways check-in page to access your booking and check-in online. You can either print your boarding pass or download it to your mobile. Etihad Airways also offers an app, which you can alternatively choose to check-in via. Simply follow the steps as you would online and download your boarding card to your phone.

Airport Check-In

If you're checking in at the airport, please make sure you allow plenty of time to check-in. Etihad Airways check-in desks open no later than three hours before flight departure time and often close one hour before flight departure time for economy passengers, and often 45 minutes before departure for first and business class passengers. Please be aware that these are general rules and passengers should click here to see the opening and closing times of the check-in desks to ensure they do not miss check-in.

In-flight Entertainment & Wifi

Etihad Airways gives passengers big-screen entertainment onboard their flight, through its E-Box product.

In-Flight Entertainment

Find top-rated dramas and must-see comedies. Find lifestyle, sports programs and documentaries with Etihad Airways. With Etihad Airways you can enjoy the latest blockbusters as well as timeless classics. Hollywood films are also provided in Arabic, European, Indian and Asian classics so you can enjoy films in multiple languages.

Economy Class

With full-size blankets, pillows and smart seats, Etihad Economy Class is a comfortable way to fly.

Economy Class Facilities

Pillows and blankets are included in Economy Class. On long-haul flights, you can choose to buy a Christian Lacroix sleepwear for a USD 35 or his and hers amenity kits for USD 22. Dental kits and eye-masks are free and available on request.

In-flight entertainment is available on either 11 inch touch-screen or 10.6 inch-screen TV depending on whether you choose an Economy Smart Seat or Economy Seat). Boutique Magazines are also available for economy class passengers.

Buy items onboard and complimentary bar service of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Etihad Airways Economy Class Seats

Etihad has redesigned its Economy Class seats to provide maximum comfort. The seats on their long-haul aircraft feature a winged headrest allowing you greater levels of comfort when sleeping during your flight.

Choose from Economy Seat or Economy Smart seats on the A350s and 787 Dreamliners with tv screens for added entertainment included.

You can choose a preferred seat, to have a standard seat, neighbour-fee or have extra legroom.

Economy Space & Economy Neighbour-Free

Etihad Airways doesn't offer a Premium Economy product. However, they do offer passengers an 'Economy Space' and 'Economy Neighbour-Free' product.

Economy Space & Economy Neighbour-Free Facilities

The facilities in Economy Space and Economy Neighbour-Free are similar to those found in Economy Class. An overnight package is given to those on long-haul flights and each seat is fitted with a personal TV screen with Etihad's inflight entertainment. Complimentary snacks and drinks are also offered on board.

Economy Space Seats

Economy Space seats give passengers extra space, with up to 36 inches of legroom on offer. These seats are available on the airlines Airbus A320 family, A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

Economy Neighbour-Free Seats

Economy Neighbour-Free allows passengers to bid on their surrounding Economy seats, to give them up to three times more space. Passengers can bid on up to three seats surrounding their seat, if the bid is won, then these seats will remain passenger free for the duration of the flight.

Business Class

Business Studios are available on the A350 and 787 Dreamliners, focused on providing a luxurious experience.

Business Class Facilities

In-flight, relax with personal mood-lighting and a massage function, all provided at the touch of a button. Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, as well as touch screen/high definition TV’s, with noise cancelling headphones and a Dine Anytime menu. The amenity kit includes two exclusive Colonia products.

What are Etihad Airways Business Class Seats Like?

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Business Studio’s have a unique design, with forward and rear-facing seats, aimed at offering increased personal space. On wide-bodied aircraft, Business flatbed seats recline into a fully-flat bed, with full-size comforters and pillows, back support, and adjustable headrest and cushion firmness!

Airbus A350

Etihad has released a new version of its Business Studio’s, all forward-facing with direct aisle access. The seats are plush, upholstered leather seats with similar characteristics as the airline's 787 business class. However, on the A350, each seat will have a cabin door increasing the levels of privacy and comfort for the travellers.

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Etihad Airways Frequent Flyer Program

Etihad Airways operates a frequent flyer program called Etihad Guest which was launched in August 2006. The program has 4 tiers, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum all offering different benefits. It offers a discount webshop for loyalty program members. The program offers lounge access, reserve seats, excess baggage, free wifi and more depending on your tier status.

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