Etihad Airways established several new records during 2012, including a new top mark in cargo. Etihad Cargo carried 365,000 tonnes during 2012, 18 percent more than in 2011.
Etihad Airways also surpassed its target of carrying 10 million passengers in 2012 and is set to achieve a 22 per cent increase on the total of 8.41 million passengers for 2011.
The increase in passenger numbers – up to a total of 10.29 million – represents an extra 1.88 million passengers traveling on the carrier’s global network that now covers 87 of its own passenger and cargo destinations, and 245 codeshare destinations.
The airline’s equity partners also experienced growth. airberlin was expected to have carried 33.4 million passengers, Virgin Australia 19.5 million passengers, Aer Lingus nearly 11 million passengers, and Air Seychelles 241,000 passengers. Etihad Airways and its equity partners will have collectively carried more than 74 million passengers in 2012, with cooperation between the five airlines greatly contributing to passenger growth.
During 2012 Etihad Airways beat its previous record for the number of passengers carried in a single day with 33,766 passengers flying on July 14.
Etihad Airways took delivery of seven new aircraft in 2012, three Airbus A320s and four Boeing B777s. The airline will take delivery of 14 new aircraft in 2013, four A320 passenger aircraft, one A321 passenger aircraft, and one A330 freighter from Airbus; two B777 freighters, and six B777-300ER passenger aircraft from Boeing.