Etihad Airways reported total revenues of US$1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an impressive increase of 29 per cent year-on-year.
A total of 3.9 million passengers travelled with Etihad Airways between July and September this year, 30 per cent higher than the three million passengers from the same period in 2013.
The growth in passenger demand and revenue during the three month period once again outstripped the airline’s capacity increase, highlighting the strength of its long-term growth strategy.
Etihad Airways’ passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), was 22 billion by the end of Q3 2014, an increase of 16 per cent over the same period last year. The airline’s fleet expanded to 105 aircraft, with three aircraft delivered in the third quarter.
An additional five aircraft are scheduled to be received in the final quarter of 2014, including Etihad Airways’ first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787, which commence operations in December and will feature brand new First, Business and Economy Class products. The A380 will also include The Residence by Etihad™, a three-room private cabin that boasts a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower, together with a personal butler service.
Etihad Airways unveiled a new livery design last month, which will be introduced across its fleet, starting with the A380 and B787. The livery is inspired by traditional Emirati design patterns, the landscapes of the desert, and geometric shapes found in the modern architecture of Abu Dhabi.