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Etihad achieves remarkable profitability and expansion during 2023

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has reported an impressive performance for the fiscal year 2023, showcasing a robust operating result of AED 1.4 billion (approximately $394 million). This success is attributed to a significant surge in passenger revenue, which rose by AED 4 billion (about $1.1 billion) year-on-year.

Etihad achieves remarkable profitability and expansion during 2023

Furthermore, the airline has made commendable strides in enhancing its operational efficiency, highlighted by a 7% reduction in unit costs excluding fuel, leading to an upturn in passenger business profitability. Throughout 2023, Etihad Airways demonstrated its resilience and growth by transporting 14 million passengers, marking a nearly 40% increase from the previous year. This surge underscores the sustained demand for air travel and the effectiveness of the airline’s expanding network, which now boasts an 86% load factor, up from 82% in 2022.

Total revenue for the year reached a remarkable AED 20.3 billion (roughly $5.5 billion), an increase from AED 18.3 billion ($5.0 billion) in the preceding year. The expansion of the airline’s operations included the launch of 15 new destinations, such as Lisbon, Copenhagen, Kolkata, and Osaka, supported by a 14 aircraft increase in its operating fleet to accommodate a 30% growth in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs). Significant achievements in 2023 also include the strengthening of Etihad’s balance sheet, with net leverage being reduced to 2.5x net debt to EBITDA from 5.0x in 2022.

This improvement was driven by strong cash-flow generation and controlled capital expenditure, alongside better aircraft utilization and the reactivation of previously parked aircraft. The airline’s strategic reorganization, which focused on its core offerings and efficiency enhancements, played a pivotal role in this success. Notably, the passenger widebody fleet now consists of 78% new generation aircraft, underscoring Etihad’s commitment to operational efficiency and reduced emissions.

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