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Etihad Airways

About Etihad Airways

Founded in 2003, Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, and is beaten only by Emirates. Its fleet of 140 is comprised mostly of planes from Airbus and Boeing, and while it is not a part of one of the more well-known airline alliances, it has created its own. This is known as Etihad Airways Partners and includes Air Seychelles, Air Serbia and Jet Airways. Operating to more than 80 destinations throughout the world, its main hub is at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

For passengers taking frequent Etihad Airways flights there is a loyalty program called Etihad Guest which offers both a discount online shop and benefits such as upgrades. It codeshares with over 40 airlines, including the three mentioned above that belong to Etihad Airways Partners. Passengers can still accrue miles for the loyalty program on these services even if one of the partner airlines is actually supplying the flight.

How do I check in online with Etihad Airways?

It is possible to reserve your seat and print or download your boarding pass with the Etihad Airways online check-in system. It is open from up to 48 hours before your scheduled departure until one hour before the plane leaves, but you need your PNR (this is the booking reference number you were given when purchasing your flight), your e-ticket number, or your Etihad Guest Membership number to access it. On arrival at the airport, simply show your printed or downloaded boarding pass and deposit any baggage to be checked in at the Etihad Desks.

If you have requested a bassinet or if you will be using a wheelchair it is not possible to check-in online, but the check-in desks at the airport are open at least three hours before the flight leaves to help you with your requests and boarding.

What is my checked baggage allowance on Etihad Airways?

The Etihad Airways baggage size is restricted to 70 cm x 50 cm x 38 cm when travelling to and from North America including Canada, but the allowance is larger at 90 cm x 72 cm x 45 cm if travelling anywhere else. It is important for the safety of the baggage handlers that any one item of luggage does not exceed 32 kg. Any items that are found to be heavier than this will not be accepted. If travelling with children or infants, Etihad Airways will allow you to check-in an additional stroller, carrycot or approved car seat to be placed in the hold. This extra luggage is in addition to your normal bags and will not incur a charge.

Animals are not allowed in any of the cabins during Etihad Airways flights, but they will be securely taken care of by the Cargo Team if booked in advance. Guide dogs will also have to be transported this way but this will be free of charge. Sports equipment will be carried free of charge if it is accepted as part of your baggage allowance. However, anything outside of this will need to be paid for as excess or oversized baggage.

What hand luggage can I take on Etihad Airways?

You can take one bag into the cabin with you as part of your Etihad Airways hand luggage allowance. It must be smaller than 50 cm x 40 cm x 15 cm including any bulges, wheels or handles, and weigh less than 7 kg. Business and First Class passengers may take an additional bag of a similar size as well as a foldable garment bag, but the weight of all these bags must be less than 12 kg. Infants who do not have a separate seat but will be on an adult’s lap are allowed one 5 kg bag for baby care items.

As well as this, passengers are also allowed to take small personal items onto the plane with them such as handbags, overcoats, books or laptop bags. These, however, must not exceed 5 kg. If you are in need of a walking stick or other prosthetic or medical aids, these can be taken free of charge into the cabin with you in addition to your hand luggage allowance.

There are restrictions on the carrying of liquids, aerosols and gels in your hand baggage as they may only be carried in containers of 100ml or less. These containers must be kept in a clear, plastic bag which is 20 cm x 20 cm or smaller, and kept out of your cabin baggage to be shown to security before boarding. Zamzam water (from the Zamzam well in Mecca) may be transported in the hold, but if you want to carry it onboard it will need to be held in a 100ml container as for the other liquids.

Where does Etihad Airways fly from?

These are some of the more popular Etihad Airways routes from both its hub in Abu Dhabi and further afield:

  • Flights from Abu Dhabi to Sydney
  • Flights from Abu Dhabi to Manila
  • Flights from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok
  • Flights from Abu Dhabi to Dubai
  • Flights from London to New York
  • Flights from London to Dubai
  • Flights from London to Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Dubai to Toronto

Latest customer reviews on Etihad Airways flights

3.7 /5
Total reviews based on: 40
Manchester International - Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith Airport) ( MAN - SYD )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-06-10 City Manchester Age 51-70 Class Economy

As we booked to fly with etihad we couldn't find this flight under etihad. I realised as a domestic flight it was possibly booked via another airline. At no point did you inform us of this. You messaged to say what terminal and gate but we had no idea who to check in with. Maybe more info please. It was very stressful

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Abu Dhabi
Manchester International - Abu Dhabi International Airport ( MAN - AUH )
2.0 /5
Date 2019-06-07 City Leeds Age Under 30 Class Economy

Awful food and bad attendance by the staff. Waiting 20-30mins every-time an attendant was called. The food was so bad that my partner and I bought our own food to take on the flight on the way back. Etihad have recently cut costs with their food and you now only get the bare minimum - no sides with the main now, just some stale bread.

2.8 /5
11 reviews
Manchester International - Brisbane Airport ( MAN - BNE )
2.0 /5
Date 2019-04-11 City Biafra Age 31-50 Class Economy

Very expensive for charges on extra luggages even with very little 30kg per person. Not enough kg for a family of five relocating to Australia from UK . The workers at the check-in counter in Manchester Airport were not empathic. They were very rude.They made it look like it was a crime from someone trying to move his or her personal belongings abroad.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester International - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport ( MAN - BOM )
2.0 /5
Date 2019-03-15 City Leeds Age 51-70 Class Economy

Felt sorry for stewardess they had to clean up a toilet mess, somebody had left behind all over the toilet and floor, maybe it was 3rd world people unable to grasp the concept of toilet use. Not very nice.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
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