Burj Khlalifa lights up for Etihad’s 20th anniversary

Etihad Airways has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a illumination of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai featuring a spectacular light and sound show.

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Since its inception, Etihad has undergone substantial growth. The workforce has increased from 1,761 employees in 2004 to nearly 10,000 in 2023. Notable developments include significant growth in the Etihad Guest loyalty programme, an expansion of the aircraft fleet to 79 aircraft, and an increase in global markets served to over 70 destinations around the world. 

Antonoaldo Neves, Group chief executive officer, said: "We wish to express our profound pride in Etihad as we turn 20, and what could be more fitting than commemorating our journey on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Our journey so far has been about more than flights, it has been about bringing people and cultures together, creating strong connections, and making Abu Dhabi a key travel hub. 

“Looking ahead, we have big plans. By 2030, we aim to double our fleet and welcome three times as many guests, reaching 33 million people each year. We will increase visitors to our home Abu Dhabi and continue to connect travellers across the globe through our growing network.”