Emirati officials pose in front of the new carrier "Etihad", or "Unity", at a ceremonial flight in Al Ain on 3 November 2003. The airline launched commercial operations with a direct service to Beirut. AFP
Etihad cargo launched in 2004.
Toronto was one of the new routes Etihad launched in 2005.
Etihad Guest, the airline's loyalty programme, launched in 2006.
In 2007, Etihad was announced as the official sponsor for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. AFP
Etihad route launches for 2008 included Beijing, Moscow, Chennai, Kozhikode and Almaty. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Etihad opens the new, dedicated Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Alamy
Colombo was one one of the new routes Etihad launched in 2010; others included Baghdad, Erbil, Seoul and Tokyo.
A 10-year partnership deal was signed with Manchester City FC and included naming rights for the club’s stadium and campus and shirt sponsorship. Alamy
In its 10th year, Etihad carries a record 10 million passengers. Here, an Airbus A380-800 rolls out of a hangar in Hamburg. Reuters
Etihad route launches for 2013 included Washington DC and Belgrade, Serbia.
In 2014, Etihad Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A380, showcasing the all-new cabins: The Residence, First Apartments, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats. AFP
In 2015, the US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport launches for operate for all US-bound Etihad flights. The airline has a separate mini-lounge for business-class passengers inside the US pre-clearance area. Courtesy Etihad
In 2016, Etihad Airways launches its mobile android app and rolls out initiatives to ease check-in including economy class early check-in counters, online and mobile check in and Abu Dhabi International Airports’ “Smart Travel". Alamy
Etihad's route to Baku, Azerbaijan, was launched in 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
In 2018, Etihad Aviation Training, the training arm of Etihad Aviation Group, is launched with the aim of becoming one of the most comprehensive aviation training facilities in the world. AFP