In November 2013, Etihad Airways won the "World's Leading Airline - First Class 2013" World Travel Awards.
In 2010, Etihad Airways won the "World"s Best First Class" award by Skytrax at Hamburg.
On 24 April 2013, Jet Airways announced that it was ready to sell a 24% stake in the airline to Etihad for US9 million. In May 2016, the management structure was reshuffled, James Hogan became CEO of the airline's parent company, Etihad Aviation Group.
Peter Baumgartner, formerly the airline's Chief Commercial Officer, became Chief Executive Officer of the airline, reporting to Hogan.
On 12 November 2003, Etihad commenced commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut.
Etihad was rated the "World's Leading Airline" in 2009, by the World Travel Awards.Etihad's logo is painted on the roof of the stand which is under the flight path to London Heathrow Airport.For the 2007 season, Etihad was one of the title sponsors for the Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team.The airline was led by James Hogan (formerly CEO of Gulf Air) who was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer on 10 September 2006.Etihad's equity alliance is composed of airlines in which Etihad has minority shareholdings: The sponsorship also includes renaming the East Stand at the Twickenham Stoop (the home of Harlequins) to the Etihad Stand.