EL AL Israel Airlines and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a virtual memorandum of understanding.
Etihad Airways will launch a daily scheduled year-round flight to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre of Israel, following normalisation of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.
Robin Kamark has stepped down from his role as chief commercial officer with Etihad Airways as the carrier restructures in the wake of the Covid-19 travel slump.
Etihad has become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Israel. The service will bring top travel and tourism leaders from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad has partnered with Trip.com, the leading international online travel service provider, to offer Etihad Guest members rewarding new travel options.
Etihad Airways will offer passengers Covid-19 insurance as part of Etihad Wellness, a new health and hygiene programme. The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel.
An Etihad 787-10 Dreamliner decked out with equipment that can enhance safety and reduce CO2 emissions has commenced flight testing this week for the Boeing.
Etihad Airways carried some 3.5 million passengers in the first half of 2020, down 58 per cent from the 8.2 million reported in the same period of last year.
As part of its new health and hygiene programme, Etihad Wellness, premium passengers will receive a snood style facemask for use throughout their journey and beyond.