Etihad reports robust performance for 2007

For Etihad Airways 2007 has turned out to be a year of significant achievement with the airline carrying 4.6 million passengers through the year, a 67% increase from the previous year.

The year was also significant for the carrier as it added 13 new aircraft to its fleet, launched services to nine destinations and increased frequencies on a number of key routes.

It said that its load factor averaged 69% overall, achieving loads of 71% in economy and 61% in business over its network. No details were available on the load factor for the first class other than it rose by 75 points over 2006.

"Our intense activity in 2007 resulted in another year of significant expansion. The story has been one of both quantity and quality, with record passenger numbers and seat factors together with growing recognition of the quality of Etihad's products and services," CEO James Hogan commented.

Etihad's cargo division, Crystal Cargo, transported 175,000 tons in 2007, an increase of more than 32% over the previous year. It also added an MD-11 freighter to its fleet last year.