Etihad Airways Posts Record Profit for Q1 2024

Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has delivered an impressive start to 2024, exceeding expectations with a Q1 profit that matched their entire 2023 net income.

This remarkable performance highlights the airline’s successful execution of its strategic plan, prioritizing growth, efficiency, and exceptional customer service.

Etihad Airways Q1 2024 Overview


Etihad’s total revenue for Q1 2024 reached AED 5,739 million (US$1,563 million), a significant increase of AED 987 million (US$269 million) compared to the same period in 2023.

This surge is primarily driven by a strategic network expansion and a notable rise in passenger numbers.


The airline strategically optimized its network by introducing new flights to exciting destinations like Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Boston, with additional routes planned for Antalya and Jaipur.

This expansion resulted in a 34% increase in total weekly flights for the upcoming summer season, further solidifying Etihad’s position as a vital connector between Abu Dhabi and the world.

An Etihad Dreamliner in flight.
Photo Credit: Etihad

Passenger Growth

Furthermore, passenger numbers soared by an impressive 41% year-on-year in Q1 2024. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including Etihad’s focus on offering competitive fares, convenient connections, and a comfortable travel experience.

The airline’s commitment to modernizing its fleet with the addition of three new Boeing 787 Dreamliners likely also played a role in attracting passengers seeking a more advanced and fuel-efficient travel option.

Operational Efficiency

While revenue growth is certainly positive, Etihad understands the importance of controlling costs to ensure long-term financial stability.

The airline remains laser-focused on operational efficiency, demonstrably reducing its CASK (cost per available seat kilometer). Q1 2024 saw this KPI reduce by 9% and CASK ex-fuel by 11% compared to Q1 2023.

This optimization highlights Etihad’s success in streamlining operations and maximizing value for every flight.

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New Terminal Operations

The first quarter of operation from Etihad’s new terminal at Zayed International Airport proved to be a success for customer satisfaction.

The airline invested in creating a more comfortable and seamless travel experience. Upgraded lounge facilities offer passengers a luxurious space to relax before their flights.

Streamlined check-in processes minimize waiting times, and smoother transfers ensure a more efficient journey. These improvements have been well-received by passengers, contributing to a more positive overall travel experience.

An Etihad Airways A380 lands in New York
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability

While the financial results are undoubtedly impressive, Etihad’s success extends beyond the numbers. The airline has established strategic partnerships that further strengthen its network and cargo capabilities.

For example, their collaboration with SF Airlines allows them to connect global hubs and expand their reach in Asia.

Additionally, Etihad remains committed to environmental sustainability. By incorporating modern, fuel-efficient aircraft and implementing operational efficiency measures, the airline is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint.

An Etihad Cargo Freighter parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Etihad Cargo

Summary: Strong Foundation for Continued Success

Etihad’s exceptional Q1 performance sets a strong foundation for continued success in 2024. It saw a focus on network expansion, operational efficiency, and exceptional customer service. Hitting these key indicators firmly, the airline looks well-positioned to see out a strong year.

As the travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic, Etihad is poised nicely to play a leading role in connecting people and cultures across the globe.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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