Etihad adds second flight to Jordan

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 8 December 2017: Etihad Airways will launch a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Amman, effective 25 March 2018.

The double daily year-round schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Amman, with attractive timings of late morning and evening departures from the capital cities of the UAE and Jordan, respectively.

The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320 with 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy, will also improve connectivity over Abu Dhabi to a wider network of destinations across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Read more

Media names Etihad as plot target

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 August 2017: Etihad Airways said, Tuesday, it was helping Australian police with their investigation into an alleged plot to bring down a plane, as authorities sifted through evidence from counter-terrorism raids.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday evening, with security tightened across all major Australian domestic and international airports as investigators search several homes across the city.

Local media on Monday reported that the men, who have not yet been charged, planned to use poisonous gas, or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, although details of the alleged plot have not been confirmed by police. Read more

Airline fined over no show rule

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

ROME, 26 June 2017: Italy’s competition watchdog on Friday fined British Airways and Etihad Airways for failing to adequately inform customers booking online that return legs of roundtrip tickets would be cancelled if they failed to travel on the outward journey.

The so-called ‘no show’ rule was not made sufficiently clear on the companies’ websites, the anti-trust body said in a statement announcing fines totalling one million euros (USD1.1 million).

The body said it welcomed commitments from three other airlines — Emirates, Iberia and KLM — to ensuring their rules were transparent. Read more

Airlines boost screening

April 4, 2017 by  
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DUBAI, 4 April 2017: Emirates and Etihad airlines will tighten screening for passengers flying to Australia this week after the country imposed new requirements for enhanced explosives detection, the UAE companies said Monday.

Australia on Friday announced it would increase screening of passenger baggage on flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as Doha, Qatar.

While the directive stops short of the sweeping electronics ban introduced last month by the United States and Britain, it may include targeted screening of passengers’ personal electronic devices. Read more

Etihad’s Hogan steps down

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 25 January 2017: Australian James Hogan is to stand down as head of the Etihad Airways group, the company said Tuesday, as the Abu Dhabi-based carrier struggles with investments in European airlines.

After piloting the state-owned Gulf airline through more than a decade of growth, Hogan will leave his post in the second half of 2017, Etihad Aviation Group said in a statement.

Hogan was the architect of a strategy that saw Etihad buy significant stakes and make major investments in other airlines, notably Air Berlin and the long-struggling Alitalia. Read more

Etihad shaves workforce

December 21, 2016 by  
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ABU DHABI, 21 December 2016: Etihad Airways has begun cutting jobs in a restructuring process to reduce cost as it faces tough competition and a weakened global economy, the Emirati carrier said on Monday.

A spokesman for the carrier owned by the government of oil-rich Abu Dhabi said the process had started, but declined to comment on how many jobs would be axed.

The firm, which has 26,769 employees, said in a statement the restructuring would result in a “measured reduction of headcount in some parts of the business”. Read more

TUI and Etihad plan new group

October 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 6 October 2016: German airline Air Berlin said, Wednesday, it would discuss transferring part of its fleet to a new group founded by package tour giant TUI and Gulf carrier Etihad as part of a major overhaul.

Air Berlin will discuss bringing 35 of its aircraft, including 14 already leased from TUI subsidiary TUIfly, into a “new airline group to be founded by the TUI group and Etihad”, it said in a statement.

The plans remain subject to negotiation and regulatory approval, the statement continued. Read more