Tag: Etihad

Could Alibaba Be Etihad’s Key to China?

The UAE’s national carrier is hoping Chinese retail giant, Ali Baba, turns into just what it needs to gain greater access to the world’s largest economy. After agreeing to promote China’s annual 11.11 shopping festival, the largest of its kind in the world, with livery on aircraft that fly to 40 destinations around the world, […]

Emirates Chief Sees ‘Value’ in Working Closer with Etihad

The head of Emirates reportedly said on Wednesday that he sees “value” in working more closely with UAE-based rival Etihad Airways. President Tim Clark was quoted as saying by Reuters that he is open to cooperation with Etihad on areas including procurement, but he added that a full merger was “unlikely”. “I think there is […]

Etihad Backed Virgin Australia Continues To Struggle

Etihad backed Virgin Australia posted $185 million in annual losses last month. The results were the fifth consecutive annual loss by Australia’s second-biggest carrier, in which Etihad has a 21 percent stake. CEO John Borghetti says that the losses, a 17.6 percent improvement year on year, indicate that the airline is “on the right track” […]

200 Air Berlin Pilots ‘Call In Sick’ – Over 100 Flights Canceled

In what has been seen as a wildcat strike, 200 Air Berlin pilots called in sick on September 12, at short notice, forcing the insolvent carrier to cancel over 100 flights, resulting in chaos at many German airports and the cancellation of a number of trans-Atlantic flights. With the ailing carrier presently up for sale, […]

What Future For Airberlin Technik?

As Air Berlin slips into bankruptcy following the withdrawal of financial support from main shareholder Etihad, the fight over its carcass begins. Many expect Lufthansa to pick up a substantial part of the carrier’s airline business, based on reports emanating from the stricken carrier. “Negotiations with Lufthansa and other partners regarding the acquisition of business […]

UAE And India Agree To Aviation Capacity Talks

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority is expected to hold talks with its Indian equivalent in October with the aim of securing new capacity and routes between the two countries. The emirates is proposing talks on October 3 and 4 following an agreement to setup a meeting between the two authorities by the UAE’s ambassador […]

Resurging African Economies See Etihad Boost Capacity

Etihad has announced it will add seven flights per week to both Cairo, Egypt, and Lagos, Nigeria, on the back of growing numbers of tourists from the continent. “Cairo is the largest point to point market from Abu Dhabi enjoying an increase in tourist traffic to Egypt,” says Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice […]

Middle East Airlines To Spread Wings Again As Laptop Ban Ends

Middle East carriers displayed an eight-year low drop in demand over the course of May, partially because of the ban on carry-on electronic items on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in the region, according to the latest global passenger traffic figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to the […]

Etihad Backed Alitalia Might Have Found A Saviour

Europe’s largest airline by passengers has said it would invest in struggling carrier Alitalia if it would receive a majority stake in return. Etihad backed Alitalia entered administration in May after staff rejected a last minute restructuring deal that would have shed thousands of jobs but freed up enough cash for the airline to remain […]

Airberlin Insists Its Business Is Doing Better Than Earlier

Airberlin is on a path to recovery and should be able to show results soon, the airline’s CEO Thomas Winkelmann has said in a statement to the press. “We had made a preliminary application for a surety as part of management’s pre-emptive strategy of investigating all restructuring options for airberlin. However, we have at no […]