By Sade Williams
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is showing its support for Autism Awareness Month.
Highlighting the need for increased awareness and understanding for autism, Etihad Airways joined thousands of businesses, buildings and iconic landmarks in ‘Light It Up Blue’ – a global initiative on World Autism Awareness Day – by bathing the exterior of its facilities in blue light. In the month of April, which is recognised as Autism Awareness Month locally and internationally, the airline will also be organising community and staff initiatives to promote autism awareness and the UAE’s socially inclusive society.
Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners.
The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.
From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.