Etihad airways (arabic شركة الاتحاد للطيران sharikat alittiḥād liṭṭayarān) is a flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the uae (after emirates). its head office is in khalifa city, abu dhabi, near abu dhabi international airport. etihad commenced operations in november 2003.
the airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to over 120 passenger and cargo destinations in the middle east, africa, europe, asia, australia and the americas, with a fleet of 122 airbus and boeing aircraft as of july 2016. in 2015, etihad carried 14.8 million passengers, a 22.3% increase from the previous year, delivering revenues of us$9.02 billion and net profits of us$103 million. its main base is abu dhabi international airport.