Etihad has seen four straight years of profitability.
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Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that "aggressive protectionist sentiment" in the West threatens its future prospects.The government-backed airline, which has bought up stakes in several foreign carriers that help drive traffic through its Abu Dhabi hub, said its earnings rose 52 percent over the $48 million its stand-alone airline business earned in 2013 . Etihad owns stakes in Air Berlin, Air Seychelles, Ireland's Aer Lingus, India's Jet Airways, Virgin Australia and Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline.
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