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Etihad Airways is Now Promoting Abu Dhabi as a Centre of Medical Tourism; Offers In-Flight Nurse

Etihad Airways has long been a key element of Abu Dhabi’s strategy to promote inbound tourism to the emirate – the quieter, less well known, and some might say more boring neighbour to the glitz and glamour of neighbouring Dubai. …

Etihad Airways and Air Arabia Announce Joint Venture to Create Abu Dhabi’s First Low-Cost Airline

Etihad Airways and Air Arabia announced a new partnership on Wednesday to create an airline called Air Arabia Abu Dhabi – the city’s first low-cost carrier.  Air Arabia is a privately owned low-cost airline which is based in Sharjah and…

Etihad Will Continue Making Losses Until 2023 According to a Senior Executive

Etihad’s chief commercial officer has told an aviation conference being held at the airline’s training college in Abu Dhabi today that the carrier does not now expect to start turning a profit until 2023.  Speaking at the Gulf Innovation Forum,…

Debt Laden Etihad Airways Has Put Three Brand New Airbus A350-1000’s in Storage

Airlines will tell you that a plane not flying is a plane not making money – No wonder turnarounds seem to get tighter and tighter and schedules are maxed out.  But perhaps sometimes it’s just cheaper to ground a plane,…

Etihad Airways Drops Outdated Dress Code: Now Allows Female Cabin Crew to Wear Trousers

For the first time in Etihad Airways’ 16-year history, the airline has updated its outdated cabin crew dress code and has started to allow female cabin choice the choice of wearing trousers.  The Abu Dhabi-based airline introduced its current uniform…

Abu Dhabi’s Massive New Midfield Terminal is Now Set to Open by the End of the Year

A multi-billion dollar construction project on a new airport terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is finally nearing completion and authorities now claim the Midfield Terminal Complex (or MTC) will open by the end of 2019.  In the last few…

This is How Etihad is Making Money Out of the Fact it Doesn’t Need As Many Pilots

It’s well known that Etihad Airways is suffering financially – in 2016, the Abu Dhabi-based airline reported a staggering loss of $1.95 billion USD and the following year a further loss of $1.52 billion was recorded.  By 2018, a major…

Etihad Airways Taps its Employees for Ideas to Overcome Ongoing Challenges

By now, we all know that Etihad Airways is facing some pretty significant challenges.  While the Abu Dhabi-based airline has made some headway in reducing losses, it also has some way to go if it hopes to make a profit…

Do Gulf Airlines Have a Problem With Mental Illness? Etihad Pilot Say’s Airline Turned “Blind Eye”

A former Etihad Airways pilot has spoken to The Australian about difficulties he had in securing psychological treatment from the airline after raising concerns about his own mental health.  The claims raise further concerns about how Persian Gulf airlines treat…

Etihad’s ‘Two-Night Getaway’ Offer Has Just Become A Lot More Attractive

Etihad has just turned a dud of a special offer into a proposition that would actually make me seriously consider a stopover in Abu Dhabi.  Earlier this year, the Abu Dhabi-based airline launched a free stopover offer whereby the airline…

I Attended an Etihad Cabin Crew Assessment Day and it Didn’t Go Well… What Went Wrong?

I have a confession… I recently attended an Etihad cabin crew Assessment Day and I got rejected pretty early on in the day.  I won’t disclose which location I attended but it did come as a bit of a surprise. …

Etihad Airways is No Longer a Skytrax Awarded ‘Five Star’ Airline

Skytrax is a British aviation consultancy firm which runs an unofficial but popular Star Rating service for airlines in much the same way that hotels have their own Star Ratings.  Up until now, there were just 11 airlines in the…

Being in Financial Difficulty Has Been Good for Etihad’s Carbon Footprint

It’s no secret that Etihad Airways is facing some pretty serious financial problems.  Over the last two years, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has made a combined loss of nearly $3 billion, it’s been forced to cut routes, cancel aircraft orders,…

Is This a Possible Timeline for a Merger Between Etihad Airways and Emirates?

The rumours of Dubai’s Emirates Airline merging (or perhaps even acquiring) it’s much smaller and debt-laden neighbour in Abu Dhabi have been doing the rounds for several years now.  Back in March 2017, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt cited two…

Etihad Becomes First Airline in the Middle East to Allow Male Cabin Crew with Beards

Airlines notoriously have strict grooming policies for cabin crew with some mandating the exact shades of makeup to be used and only allowing crew to wear their hair in approved styles.  These grooming policies normally put a lot more pressure…

Etihad Airways Announces Major Changes to its Economy Service – But it Comes at a Price

Etihad Airways has announced some pretty major changes to its Economy Class experience with a slew of updates including a redesigned main meal service.  The ‘Economy Transformation Programme’ as Etihad is calling it includes updated seats on the majority of…

Chief Execs of ‘Big Three’ U.S. Airlines Take Out Full Page Newspaper Ad Against Qatar Airways

Yesterday, I wrote about an open letter the chief executives of two airlines and the shipping company FedEx sent to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in defence of Qatar Airways and the current Open Skies arrangement that the United…

Does Anyone Actually Think Jet Airways Will Ever Experience the “Joy of Flying” Again?

Over the last few months and weeks, the prospect of India’s second-largest airline Jet Airways failing had become increasingly a complete certainly and definitely a case of when and not if.  And yet, in announcing that it would be forced…

Etihad Will Operate a Single-Use Plastic Free Flight to Highlight Scourge of Plastic Pollution

Etihad Airways plans to operate a flight without any single-use plastics onboard to mark Earth Day and to raise awareness about the effects of plastic pollution on the environment.  The Abu Dhabi-based airline will become the first airline in the…

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…

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