Etihad Airways (www. etihad-airways.co.uk) Etihad Airways, the nationwide airline of the United Arab Emirates, has in just ten years established itself as the world’s leading airline. “Etihad” is the Arabic phrase for “union”. Etihad Airways was set up in July 2003. It launched commercial operations in November, 2003. Since then, it has become the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation.