Etihad

LATEST: Another Year of Heavy Losses for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has just released its latest financial results and yet again the Abu Dhabi-based airline has run up a huge debt.  In 2018, Etihad made a loss of USD $1.28 billion on the back of $5.86 billion in revenues. …

A Good Day to Bury Bad News: Etihad Finally Cancels A350 Orders Worth Billions of Dollars

Just like there have been rumours swirling for months that Emirates would cancel a good chunk of its existing Airbus A380 order (in turn spelling the end of the superjumbo), there has also been speculation that its fellow UAE-based neighbour…

Desperate? Etihad Airways Attempts to Move €2 Billion Lawsuit to London’s High Court

In the last few days, it’s emerged that Etihad Airways has filed a claim in London’s High Court against the administrators of the now-defunct Air Berlin.  The move is an attempt to move jurisdiction of a huge €2 billion lawsuit…

Etihad Will Recruit Cabin Crew in 19 Cities Across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa

New details have emerged of a “major global cabin crew recruitment drive” by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways which will see recruiters from the airline visit 19 cities across four continents over the next few months.  The airline says it is…

Etihad Airways to Axe 50 Pilots By End of January in Major Cost Cutting Drive

In an unprecedented move, Etihad Airways has announced plans to make around 50 pilots redundant by the end of January.  The news was revealed in an internal memo that was leaked by insiders at the airline.  Etihad told staff it…

Etihad Holding Cabin Crew Recruitment Events in London, Manchester and Dublin in January 2019

As we revealed in October, Etihad Airways has finally reopened cabin crew recruitment after a hiatus of over a year.  So far the hiring process has been anything but fast although that is set to change with a slew of…

Financial Headache: Etihad Airways is Being Sued for up to €2 Billion Over Failure of Air Berlin

As if the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group didn’t already have enough on its plate, the debt-laden airline is now facing a legal action by the administrators of the bankrupt German carrier, Air Berlin.  Newly filed court documents in the…

This Should Be Spectacular: UAE Airlines Come Together For National Day Flypast

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is today celebrating its 47th National Day – commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the UAE.  It’s a big event for the country and one that brings the seven emirates together like nothing else. …

Turkish Airlines is Now Poaching Etihad’s Pilots As UAE Expat Flight Crew Look to Jump Ship

Turkish Airlines is sending its recruiters overseas next month for a recruitment Open Day in Abu Dhabi as part of an effort to hire experienced First Officers – the move is seen as an attempt to poach expat pilots currently…

Etihad Celebrates its 15th Birthday as it Positions Itself as the “Airline of Choices”

Former Barça player and current Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has become the face of a brand new advertising campaign by club sponsor Etihad Airways.  The airline is positioning itself as the “airline of choices” and “personalisation” with a new…

Etihad is First Middle East Airline to Launch Premium Economy Cabin – Kind Of…

For years, the biggest three airlines in the Middle East – that’s Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – have refused to offer a Premium Economy cabin.  In fact, this ever more popular class of travel that bridges the gulf between…

VIDEO: Etihad Airways Admits its Brand Was Too “Exclusive”

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Etihad Admits its Brand Was Too “Exclusive” – Is Now Aiming To Be “Inclusive”

The Head of Commercial at Etihad Airways, Jamal Al Awadhi has today told an audience at the APEX Middle East and Africa conference that the Abu Dhabi-based airline was too “exclusive” following extensive polling of what customers thought of the…

FIRST LOOK: Etihad Has a Special F1 Grand Prix Livery On Its New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

It’s less than a month until the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix once again gets underway on Sunday 25th November, and as always Etihad Airways will be a title sponsor for what has become the largest event of its kind…

Could Etihad Have Chosen a Worse Time to Cosy Up With Saudia Airlines?

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has announced a major codeshare agreement with Saudia Airlines – the government-controlled Saudi Arabian flag carrier.  At a signing ceremony held in Jeddah yesterday, Tony Douglas the chief executive of Etihad Airways Group shook hands with Saleh…

VIDEO: Etihad Airways is Finally Hiring New Cabin Crew Again

Etihad Airways has finally reopened its Cabin Crew recruitment process – and this time it hopefully won’t be a false start. It’s not clear how long the application window will remain open or how many cabin crew the airline is…

Etihad Airways is Finally Hiring New Cabin Crew Again – But Successful On Hold Candidates Will Have to Reapply

Etihad Airways has finally reopened its Cabin Crew recruitment process – and this time it hopefully won’t be a false start.  It’s not clear how long the application window will remain open or how many cabin crew the airline is…

VIDEO: Are Emirates and Etihad Airways really going merge into the world’s biggest airline?

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported the news that Emirates and Etihad Airways could be in talks over a possible merger which would ultimately create the world’s largest airline. Citing four unnamed sources who claimed they were familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said…

Everyone Calm Down! Here’s Why the Chances of Emirates and Etihad Merging Are Still REALLY Slim

Citing four unnamed sources, business news channel Bloomberg is reporting that the Dubai-based Emirates is in preliminary talks to acquire Etihad Airways of neighbouring Abu Dhabi.  Bloomberg said that based on the latest figures available, the joint airline group (whatever…

ICYMI: Etihad Will Continue to Make a Loss Until 2022, Capacity to Reduce by 2.8% this Year

It’s no secret that Etihad Airways’ financial performance has been really bad (and we mean really bad) the last couple of years.  In June, the airline announced it had made a massive loss $1.52 billion USD last year – and…

Roll Up, Roll Up! Now Oman Air is Trying to Sell Business Class Goodies to Economy Passengers

Late last year, Etihad Airways took the fairly controversial decision to start selling a range of onboard amenities, as well as snacks, premium coffee and Champagne.  Starting at just $4 USD for a small bottle of cold brew coffee, the…

Did Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Really Attack Abu Dhabi International Airport with a Military Drone?

As the United Arab Emirates gets further drawn into the Saudi-led intervention of Yemen’s civil war, new claims made by anti-government Houthi rebels suggest they managed to carry out a drone attack on Abu Dhabi International Airport.  If true, the…

Etihad Airways Has Extended its Collaboration With the Iconic Italian Fragrance House, Acqua di Parma

It’s become all too easy to criticise Etihad Airways in the last couple of years.  A disastrous equity investment strategy has resulted in the Abu Dhabi-based airline posting huge losses which not even Etihad’s deep-pocketed owners in the oil-rich emirate…

VIDEO: This Etihad Flight Attendant Was One of the Airline’s Very First Cabin Crew

Meet Elly – one of Etihad’s very first cabin crew. Elly says she moved from her home in Singapore in order to find adventure – describing her excitement on her very first working flight to Beirut. An excitement that she…

WATCH: This Etihad Flight Attendant Was One of the Airline’s Very First Cabin Crew

In the last few weeks, Etihad Airways has posted a couple of videos on its social media platforms which look at the roles of its employees and their relationship with the airline.  The first video, which was titled Etihad Airways…

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways Will Soon Start Offering In-Flight Nurses (No, Really!): Reassess Future

For an airline that plunged to a $1.95billion USD loss in 2016 and then went onto make further losses of $1.52billion last year, you’d expect Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways to just carry on cutting and cutting as much as possible…

Etihad Announces Next Step of its Transformation Plan: New Management Structure in Place

Struggling Abu Dhabi-based airline, Etihad Airways has announced the latest step in its eagerly anticipated transformation plan – changing up its management structure and creating a succession plan for local Emirati talent to one day lead the airline.  The announcement…

OUCH: Etihad Airways Made Another Huge Financial Loss Last Year – Seeking Finance from Banks

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has finally posted its financial results for last year and it does not make for good reading.  And while Etihad is trying to put some positive spin on the figures, it’s difficult to see anything positive…

A Strategic Review Without a Strategy? Etihad is Cutting Yet Another Route – What Does it All Mean…

Hot on the heels of Etihad Airways announcing it would reduce the frequency of its daily flights to New York City by half, the airline has confirmed it will now be cutting it’s daily Dhaka service entirely – the only…

NEW: What the Agreement Between the UAE and the United States Really Means for Emirates and Etihad

Last week the United States and the UAE finally settled a spat over their Open Skies agreements – the regulations that allow airlines from both countries to fly freely between them.  While Emirates and Etihad Airways have expanded into an…

Etihad is Giving Away In-Flight Meals to People Who Really Need Them: Raises Issue of Workers Rights in UAE

An aeroplane meal isn’t normally something to look especially forward to – except maybe the Champagne and Caviar saved for First Class passengers – but Etihad Airways is about to start preparing in-flight meals that could really benefit some of…

UAE Confirms Agreement With United States Over Emirates and Etihad: Says “Business as Usual”

For the past several years, the big three U.S. airlines – Delta, United and American Airlines, along with a number of other groups, have been battling against what they call the unfair expansion of Middle East airlines like Emirates and…

CORRECTION: There Might Still Be Hope For Etihad Airways Cabin Crew Recruitment This Year!

Last week, we reported on the news that a number of cabin crew hopefuls who were waiting to start training courses with Etihad Airways had been told their applications would no longer be progressed.  Many of the candidates who had…

RUMOUR: Etihad Airways Might Be About to Cancel or Change Dozens of Aircraft Orders

Things just seem to be getting worse by the week for Etihad Airways, with announcements of route closures and onboard cutbacks coming thick and fast.  And now we’ve heard a rumour – reportedly confirmed by four sources familiar with the…

Etihad Drops Hundreds Of Aspiring Cabin Crew – After Nearly Two Years Of Keeping Them On Hold

In a surprising and disappointing turn of events, Etihad Airways has just announced plans to drop hundreds of aspiring cabin crew who had passed the airline’s tough recruitment process but were still waiting to start a training course with the…

Etihad Airways Chief Executive Says It’s “Business As Usual” Despite Route Cutbacks

In an interview with the American business news channel, CNBC, the chief executive of Etihad Airways, Peter Baumgartner, has claimed its “business as usual” despite a number of cutbacks and route closures recently announced by the financially struggling Persian Gulf…

Etihad Opens Its ‘Eco Residence’: Environmentally Friendly Accommodation For 5,800 Cabin Crew

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has officially opened a brand new staff housing complex with 500 apartments spread out across 11 buildings in the city’s Masdar City development.  The environmentally friendly development features a combination of one and two bedroom apartments…

Is It Still Safe To Fly Gulf Airlines Through The Middle East? Tensions Rise And Civilian Aircraft Are Caught In The Middle

Tensions between Qatar and several neighbouring countries appear to be on the rise with allegations that civilian aircraft belonging to the UAE have been “intercepted” by Qatari military jets.  In the latest incident, Emirati authorities said the pilot of a…

Is Oman Air Taking A Pop At Etihad With Its New Amenity Kits And Other Enhancements?

Oman Air has made a few improvements to its in-flight offering and it appears the airline is comparing itself with major regional competitor, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi.  Launching a range of redesigned amenity kits for its premium passengers, Oman…

Inside the Strange World of Skytrax: The Aviation Rating Organization You Maybe Shouldn’t Trust

Worn as a proud badge of honour by airlines around the world, the air transport rating organisation, Skytrax has made a name for itself as the commercial aviation industry’s defacto Star Rating system.  Yet surprisingly little is know about this…

Etihad is Starting to Sound More and More Like a Low Cost Airline: “Everyone Has a Preference”

When an airline upgrades its luxury chauffeur drive service by launching a partnership with Mercedes Benz, you wouldn’t normally think of comparing that airline with a low-cost carrier.  But recently the language and actions of Etihad Airways are certainly very…

An Etihad Executive is Attempting To Break A World Record by Flying Around The Globe In The Shortest Time

Have you been following Andrew Fisher’s attempt to set a new world record by flying around the globe in the shortest time frame on scheduled flights?  Fisher is Vice President of Fleet Planning at Etihad Airways and a self-confessed #avgeek. …

BLOCKED: No Such Thing As Free Speech As Readers Denied Access By UAE Authorities

Wow!  It appears that our website has fallen foul of the UAE’s tough and some might say draconian free-speech laws, with our site suddenly finding itself blocked under the state’s Internet Access Management Regulatory Policy. Users in the UAE who…

Emirates and Etihad Take One Step Closer to Merging… Possibly!

Last year, a German newspaper reported on rumours that the rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi had held secret talks about a possible merger between their respective airlines – Emirates and Etihad Airways.  The newspaper cited two sources who were…

The UAE Temporarily Banned Tunisian Women from Entering the Emirates Yesterday. And Nobody Knows Why.

UPDATE (Sun 24th December 2017 – 22:00 GMT) – Emirates Airline has confirmed it will suspend services between Tunis and Dubai indefinitely, following an order from the Tunisian government.  The country’s transport ministry said the airline would be barred from…

Uh Oh: The Trump Administration Opens Talks With UAE and Qatar Over U.S. Open Skies Agreements

In the last couple of years, major U.S. airline’s including American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines have been campaigning hard against what they see as the unfair business practices of the big three Middle East airlines – Emirates, Etihad and…

Why Etihad’s New Buy On Board ‘Comfort Items and Amenities’ Should Be Considered Good for the Passenger Experience

At first glance, a new ‘buy on board’ offering from Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways could be seen as just a little desperate.  A few days ago, the airline informed staff it would start offering a range of ‘comfort items and…

The Etihad Grid Girls Are Back in Town With a New Designer Uniform Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The final race in the 2017 Formula One calendar is taking place this weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit – home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  Which can only mean one thing?  The famous Etihad Grid Girls will once…

Uh Oh: U.S. Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Would Force Gulf Airlines Like Emirates and Etihad to Pay Tax

The United States is in the middle of a tax reform debate that could see major tax cuts for “hardworking Americans,” according to Georgia’s Republican Senator Johnny Isakson.  The so-called ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ is already pretty controversial but…

The Only Way is Up: Middle East Airlines Expected to Buy $730 Billion Worth of New Aircraft Within Next Two Decades

At the start of October, French aircraft manufacturer, Airbus came up with some fairly wild estimates about how many aeroplanes would be needed by Middle East airlines in the Gulf region.  Well, it turns out that rival aerospace behemoth, Seatle-based…