Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will celebrate its seventh anniversary tomorrow. In seven years of rapid growth, Etihad has flown more than 26 million passengers on more than 180,000 flights - including to its latest destinations Colombo, Nagoya, Tokyo, Erbil, and Seoul. Etihad’s load factor has also increased significantly from 74 per cent in 2009, and is expected to average at 77 percent for 2010. “We have witnessed tremendous growth over the past seven years in our route network, aircraft fleet, passenger figures and number of employees,” said James Hogan, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways. “Industry and customer endorsement is evidence of Etihad’s significant achievements over this period and is testimony to the enormous commitment of our staff in delivering the very best travel experience in the aviation industry.” A further A330-300 aircraft will come into service before November 13, bringing the fleet complement, including six freighters, to 57 by the end of the year.