Linda Celestino, vice president guest services, Etihad Airways, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the Abu Dhabi-flag carrier takes the title of World’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year.
Etihad Airways has welcomed guests to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a flypast of its Airbus A380 flagship. Filmed in partnership with the Al Fursan Aerobatics team, the exhibition was a highlight of the final weekend of the F1 season. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title following during the event, edging out team mate Lewis Hamilton.
TUI AG‘s supervisory board has given the green light today for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH to a joint venture with Etihad.
Etihad Airways has expanded its codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines to give air travellers enhanced connections between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The two airlines have obtained regulatory approval to codeshare on nine additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their codeshare agreement to 14.
Etihad Airways has extended its digital reach with the introduction of a new mobile application for Android smartphones, enabling guests to manage their journeys with even greater ease. The new mobile app is simple and enjoyable to use, providing comprehensive trip management and giving guests the information they need in a way that suits them.
Etihad Airways is expanding its scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and India as strategic partner Jet Airways unveiled new routes and additional frequencies to further strengthen their partnership. From early 2017, the two airlines will expand their services between the United Arab Emirates and India by adding 28 weekly flights and three further Indian cities.
Etihad Airways is set to introduce a daily service from Abu Dhabi to Madrid, introducing three new flights each week effective from June 2017. Continuing to operate with a two-class Airbus A330-200, the daily service will strengthen the air bridge between the two capital cities and appeal more to corporate and leisure travellers.
Etihad Airways has successfully completed the sponsorship of its first six Fashion Weeks, in partnership with WME | IMG. Etihad Airways’ support of global fashion began with Fashion Weeks in Sydney, Berlin and Mumbai, culminating with the three major Fashion Weeks in New York, London and Milan.
Sarah Built, general manager for Australia & New Zealand, Etihad Airways, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the new lounge the airline has opened in Melbourne.
Etihad Airways today announced the introduction of an additional daily year-round service between Abu Dhabi and Dublin which increases frequency on the route to 14 flights a week, effective April 1st, 2017. The second daily operation, from the beginning of the summer 2017 season, reflects Etihad Airways’ long-term commitment to the route, and coincides with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s tenth anniversary of flying to the Irish capital.
Etihad Airways chief executive, Peter Baumgartner, addressed the annual Travel Convention summit in Abu Dhabi earlier and took the opportunity to underline to conference delegates how the airline will continue to be a leader in the development of the aviation sector, through its approach to innovation and technological advancement. The airline continues to invest in a next-generation fleet and is expected to take delivery of its first Airbus 350 in 2017.
Etihad Airways has appointed Maris Kuklis as its meetings, incentives, conferences and event account manager for the UK. He will oversee the development of the airline’s B2B MICE strategy and the growth of this sector. His focus will be building strategic relations with key Abu Dhabi stakeholders such as the convention bureaus, convention centres, hotels, destination management companies as well as leading tourism organisations such as Tourism Australia and Etihad’s own destination management company, Hala Group.