Etihad Airways delivered another year of sustained growth in 2016, carrying 18.5 million guests during the year, up six percent compared to 2015, the company said.
The company´s growth was helped by new aircraft, additional frequencies, the introduction of additional products, and the formation of Etihad Aviation Group, a wider aviation and tourism business which now includes Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Airline Equity Partners, Etihad Airport Services, and Hala Group.
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 percent and passenger traffic, measured by revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), rose by eight percent. The average load factor held steady at 79 percent.
During 2016, the airline took delivery of 10 aircraft, launched new international destinations, and carried more than 76% of the total passengers who traveled to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline launched new codeshare agreements, and existing codeshares were expanded.
From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.