Etihad Airways Celebrates 20 Years With Custom Livery on New A321neo

An Etihad Airways A321neo aircraft in custom livery.
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has revealed a special commemorative livery on one of the six Airbus A321neos joining its fleet.

The custom livery marks the 20th year of operations for the UAE national airline. The livery decal wraps around both sides of the fuselage in both Arabic and English.

Showcased on one of Etihad’s recently acquired A321neo aircraft, it features iconic landmarks of the city.

This pays homage to the UAE national carrier’s rich history and its position as a prominent Abu Dhabi brand.

Etihad: 20 Years of Operations

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, takes pride in its two decades of connecting the world through Abu Dhabi.

Established in 2003, the airline has carved a distinct path in the aviation industry. Over its first two decades it has consistently strived to redefine air travel experiences.

As they celebrate their 20th anniversary, Etihad unveils a captivating new livery and welcomes a fleet of fuel-efficient A321neo aircraft, signifying both a tribute to their rich history and a commitment to a bright future.

An Etihad Airways A321neo aircraft in custom livery.
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Highlighting Abu Dhabi

This bespoke livery is a distinct visual graphic. Its line-style artwork celebrates the intricate beauty of unity, with each depiction reflecting the vibrant culture and landscapes of Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s home.

The design incorporates iconic landmarks, showcasing the city’s rich tapestry and the airline’s position as a prominent Abu Dhabi brand.

It’s a powerful symbol of Etihad’s journey, reflecting their dedication to their Emirati identity.

“This special livery marks two decades of exceptional service for Etihad,” said Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer.

“It embodies our commitment to providing extraordinary experiences that are deeply rooted in our Emirati identity.”

“It’s a tribute to our journey and sets the stage for our future as we strive to be the world’s preferred airline.”

The chosen aircraft for this stunning livery is one of six new A321neos recently integrated into Etihad’s fleet.

These additions mark a significant step forward in the airline’s network and frequency expansion plans.

Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Airbus A321neo Induction

The A321neos boast advanced CFM LEAP 1A engines, placing sustainability at the forefront of Etihad’s vision.

These engines deliver a significant environmental benefit through reduced emissions and up to 20% greater efficiency compared to similar engines in their class. This aligns perfectly with the growing global focus on eco-friendly aviation practices.

John Wright, Chief Operations and Guest Officer at Etihad, expressed his enthusiasm. “We’re thrilled to have operationalized this fleet so swiftly since our December 2023 commitment.”

“Considering the current limitations on aircraft deliveries globally, these A321neos serve as a crucial bridge for our growth strategy, leading up to the arrival of over 20 new aircraft in 2025.”

He further highlighted the remarkable achievement: “Typically, integrating a new airframe and engine type takes airlines up to two years.”

Etihad Airways cadet pilots pose in front of Etihad aircraft.
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

“The speed and agility of our Etihad teams and partners in bringing these aircraft online safely and compliantly within seven months is a true testament to their dedication.”

The deployment of these A312neos will take place across various routes, including destinations in India and the Middle East. This will further enhance Etihad’s network and capacity.

Looking Ahead: A Commitment to Excellence

As Etihad embarks on the next chapter, this celebratory livery and the A321neo integration serve as a powerful symbol of their unwavering commitment to excellence.

The airline continues to redefine air travel experiences, offering exceptional service that is deeply rooted in Emirati culture.

With a focus on sustainability and continuous expansion, Etihad is well-positioned to take flight for another 20 years and beyond, solidifying its position as a global leader in the aviation industry.


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