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Etihad Airways continued to achieve record growth in the third quarter of 2013, with revenue from passenger services exceeding US$1 billion for the first time and passenger numbers passing 3 million.
Total revenue rose 11 per cent to US$1.4 billion, compared to US$1.3 billion in Q3 of 2012, while network-wide passenger load factors reached 81 per cent.
Passenger revenues increased by 10 per cent in Q3 2013, to just over US$1.03 billion (2012: US$938 million), while cargo revenue was up by 39 per cent to US$244 million (2012: US$176 million).
Revenue from codeshare and equity alliance airline partners was US$247 million in Q3 2013, 36 per cent higher than the US$181 million delivered in Q3 2012. Partnership contributions accounted for 23 per cent of total Q3 passenger revenue, while passenger numbers rose by 11 per cent to 3.06 million (2012: 2.75 million).
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said the Q3 growth occurred in a climate of increasing capacity and ongoing price competition.     It also compensated for reduced travel during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which fell across the traditional peak travel months of July and August.
“In addition to our own growth in Q3, we continued to develop our partnership strategy,” Mr Hogan said.
“Headlining our partnership activities, we continued to work closely with regulatory authorities in India as we progressed our plans to acquire 24 per cent of Jet Airways – the first offshore investment in an Indian airline under the country’s Foreign Direct Investment legislation.
”We signed an agreement with the Government of Serbia to enter into a five-year contract to manage Serbia’s national airline, Air Serbia, currently trading as Jat Airways, and integrated its frequent flyer program with our own Etihad Guest. We also increased our stake in Virgin Australia from 10.5 to 17.4 per cent, and launched partnerships with South African Airways, Air Canada, Belavia and Korean Air, taking to 46 our number of codeshare agreements and expanding our virtual network to 375 destinations.”
Etihad Airways introduced one new route in Q3, between Abu Dhabi and Sana’a, Yemen , and increased capacity on other routes through extra flights or the use of larger aircraft. Three aircraft joined the fleet – one new narrow-body Airbus A320, one new wide-body Boeing 777-300ER and a leased Airbus A330. Etihad Cargo also delivered a 41 per cent increase in volumes during Q3 to 132,448 tonnes (2012: 94,123). Etihad carries 90 per cent of all air cargo to and from its Abu Dhabi hub.
Q3 Summary:           
•   Signed agreement with Government of Serbia to enter into five-year contract to
    manage Serbia ’s national airline, Air Serbia , currently trading as Jat Airways
•   Integrated Air Serbia ’s frequent flyer program into Etihad Guest
•   Increased shareholding in Virgin Australia from 10.5 per cent to 17.4 per cent
•   Codeshare partnerships with South African Airways, Air Canada , Belavia and Korean
•  Commenced flights to Sana’a, Yemen , four times per week
•   Added three aircraft – one Airbus A320, one Boeing 777-300ER and one Airbus A330
•  Airline Strategy Awards - Executive Leadership, James Hogan, President and Chief  
   Executive Officer

About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates , began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 94 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of over 80 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and large orders for additional aircraft including 41 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles , Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus, and subject to regulatory approval will acquire a 24 per cent stake in India ’s Jet Airways. Etihad Airways also will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia from January 2014. For more information about Etihad Airways, visit


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