Etihad

The Etihad Cabin Crew Assessment Day: How to Pass the Random Question Test

Etihad’s cabin crew Assessment Day’s are generally regarded as some of the most professionally run in the Middle East.  Most candidates, whether successful or not, leave an Etihad Assessment Day with a positive experience – they feel like they’ve had…

Whoah: Airbus Estimates Middle East Airlines Will More Than Double Their Aircraft Fleets by 2036

The last couple of years have been particularly hard for airlines in the Middle East.  Profits at Emirates dropped a massive 80% in 2016 to just $340 million USD due to a major fall in regional business travel, overcapacity, concerns…

Emirates Says it Could One Day Merge With Etihad: For Now the Two Airlines Are Looking at “Working More Closely”

Sir Tim Clark, the mastermind behind mega-airline Emirates and the businesses longtime President has hinted the Dubai-based carrier could one day merge with Etihad Airways in neighbouring Abu Dhabi.  Rumours of such a tie-up first surfaced in March, when Handelsblatt,…

The UAE Wants Status Quo With United States in “Open Skies” Agreement: Visits Boeing Factory to Make Point

Nearly 20 years ago, the United States and the UAE signed the first landmark “Open Skies” agreement between the two countries.  The deal was simple – Passenger and cargo airlines from both the U.S. and UAE would have equal access…

Etihad Airways Has Finally Announced it’s Found a New Group Chief Executive – Here’s What We Know

Etihad Airways has today announced the appointment of a new Group chief executive – Tony Douglas, the 54-year-old British executive will join the Abu Dhabi-based airline in January after being poached by the aviation group from his current role at…

Etihad Might Be About to Lose its Coveted 5-Star Ranking – But Don’t Go Blaming “Grumpy” Cabin Crew

When Etihad Airways was awarded a coveted 5-Star rating by aviation ranking company, Skytrax in October last year the announcement came as a surprise to many observers.  It wasn’t that Etihad didn’t deserve to be certified as a 5-Star airline…

Is This High Fashion Film, Etihad Airways New Safety Video? Watch the Promo Now

One of the fashion industry’s most important events, New York Fashion Week has just got underway but a major sponsor of the event, Etihad Airways wants to take some of the limelight as well.  On the opening night of NYFW,…

Confirmed: Etihad Won’t Start Recruiting New Cabin Crew Until 2018

Last year, Etihad Airways suddenly stopped recruiting new cabin crew.  The only problem was that the airline had already offered the job to several hundred hopeful candidates.  They were told to wait and be patient as the months without any…

Etihad Airways and Emirates Are Championing the Important Role of Women in the Aviation Industry

Etihad Airways has been celebrating Emirati Women’s Day by highlighting the important role that women play in the success of its business.  Over 50% of the airline’s 13,000 strong workforce are women and although many represent customer facing, service roles…

Etihad Delays Appointment of New CEO: What Does That Mean for the Airline and Cabin Crew Recruitment?

The appointment of a new permanent chief executive at Etihad Airways has been delayed even further, with sources saying a new boss won’t start at the airline until late 2017. The concern, of course, is that until Etihad gets a…

Ryanair Accuses Lufthansa of Foul Play Over its Bid for airberlin. Is Etihad Airways to Blame?

In 2009, Lufthansa said it would oppose the “wild expansion” of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways into the European market.  At the time, the airline claimed it welcomed competition but that bilateral agreements between European and Gulf airlines weren’t “balanced.”…

Claims: Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways Have Made Huge Financial Losses. Accused of ‘Accounting Gimmicks’

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. has accused both Etihad and Qatar Airways of “accounting gimmicks” in their annual financial results. Rob Britton, who teaches two specialized MBA electives at Georgetown, claims the two airlines have “cooked the…

Who Had the Best Inaugural Route Launch – Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways? Video’s Reviewed

The big three Gulf airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are masters of self-promotion.  They know exactly how to put on a big show and they’ll do everything to gain some publicity and brand recognition. And who can blame…

Yes, Etihad is Still Actively Recruiting Cabin Crew (But You Might Have to be Quick)

A couple of weeks ago Etihad Airways suddenly reopened recruitment for new cabin crew.  It came as quite a surprise after a near six-month hiring freeze that looked set to continue for some time.  After all, Etihad has been battered…

Passengers Numbers at Abu Dhabi Continue to Fall But Etihad Still Has Major Cabin Crew Recruitment News

There’s good news and some bad news for Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.  Let’s start with the good news, which has seen Etihad get a significant competitive advantage over its Persian Gulf neighbours.  As previously reported, the U.S. Department of Homeland…

Major Laptop Ban News: Passengers On Etihad Airways Can Now Take Electronics Onboard U.S. Flights

Here’s some pretty amazing news which will be really welcome for Etihad Airways – All flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States are now exempt from the U.S. Laptop Ban.  The news was first reported Sunday by the Associated…

News Roundup – 28th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

British Airways is facing, even more, disruption as the biggest staff walkout since 2010 is set to get underway beginning Saturday 01st July.  The airline has already cancelled some flights in preparation for the expected disruption with a number of…

Etihad ‘Improves Value Proposition’ for Passengers by Introducing New Charges, Cuts Services

It appears that Etihad Airways is taking its cost-cutting efforts up a notch with a slew of new charges and paid options available for passengers.  Or as the airline is calling it – an effort to “improve its value proposition…

News Roundup – 14th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

This week there was speculation that Emirates would bolster its own fleet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ fortunes by ordering a further 20 A380 aircraft.  Unfortunately, while Emirates says it regularly “engages with aircraft manufacturers”, it doesn’t plan to place a…

UAE and Saudi Arabia Close Their Borders to Qatar – Flights Grounded from Tomorrow

Qatar has reacted with fury to the cutting of diplomatic ties by four Middle East countries.  The Independent has reported that the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of destabilising security in the region. In a…

News Roundup – 31st May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has finally announced what many industry commentators have speculated upon for ages – A new First Class suite for the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft.  And the date has been set.  The new product and a refreshed Business Class and…

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

Saturday marked the start of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which see’s Muslims around the world fasting from dawn to sunset.  In preparation, Gulf airlines have stepped up their services for…

Etihad’s Final ‘Over the Top’ Airbus A380 Superjumbo Joins the Fleet

Etihad Airways has expanded its fleet once again with its tenth and final Airbus A380 super-jumbo. Staff gathered at the assembly plant in Hamburg, Germany to celebrate the delivery with a special photo shoot. The Abu Dhabi-based airline claims their…

Positive Signs of Recovery as Abu Dhabi Airport Reports 5.6% Increase in Passengers

It’s been a while since any really positive news came out of Abu Dhabi about its ambitious aero-state economy.  Etihad Airways has been battling losses at several of its equity partner airlines – most notably, of course, Alitalia which went…

News Roundup – 09th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an expensive week for Etihad Airways.  Hidden on page 154 of Air Berlin’s annual report, came the revelation that Etihad had pumped an extra $382 Million into the struggling German airline. We also learnt this week that Alitalia…

Etihad Airways Cabin Crew Salary and Benefits 2018

Ignore some of the bad press that has plagued Etihad Airways recently.  Because make no mistake, this Abu Dhabi-based airline is still a major player in global aviation.  In fifteen short years, Etihad has built up a global network of…

Etihad Might Still Make Money Out of Alitalia – The Heathrow ‘Insurance Policy’

There’s been plenty of speculation about Etihad’s relationship with failed Italian flag carrier, Alitalia recently.  On Tuesday, Alitalia filed for ‘Special Administration‘ – a form of bankruptcy, following a failed rescue bid by investors that included Etihad. For the Abu…

News Roundup – 02nd May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an eventful week for British Airways.  First the good news – the airline plans to spend $65 million USD upgrading its space at Terminal 7, New York JFK.  But an incident onboard a BA London Gatwick to Jamaica…

Etihad Airways in Decline? Growth Grinds to a Halt, Pressures Mount and Still No New CEO

A shrinking global network, failing investments, mounting debts and still no new CEO announced.  Things couldn’t be looking worse for Etihad Airways at the moment.  After a decade of phenomenal growth, what do the next 12 months have in store?…

Life in the United Arab Emirates. Are Emirates & Etihad the Right Airlines for You? 

Cabin Crew from around the world aspire to work for Emirates, flydubai and Etihad Airways.  In Dubai, Emirates say their crew represent over 150 different nationalities and Etihad has staff from a similar number of countries.  Even flydubai has employees from over…

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban?  That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai.  On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is…

News Roundup – 18th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Qatar Airways is pushing ahead with plans to introduce an entirely new Indian airline.  The carrier will be 100% foreign-owned, taking advantage of new rules introduced only recently by the Indian government.  But as Qatari officials plan inspections of Indian airports,…

Etihad Cabin Crew Recruitment – Step by Step Process 2019

With 122 aircraft and a worldwide route network of 112 destinations, Etihad Airways is a major player in global aviation.  But Etihad is also the smallest of the big three Middle East airlines with just 6,400 Cabin Crew.  Make no…

Controversial Emirates Exec to be Poached by Etihad for Top Job

Our favourite German business newspaper for rumours about Etihad Airways is at it again.  And this time, Handelsblatt may be onto something.  The publication is citing an unnamed Etihad source as claiming that disgraced CEO James Hogan will be replaced…

Do You Need a Cover Letter for Your Cabin Crew Application?

Your Cabin Crew resume is looking amazing.  You’ve meticulously written it, checked it, agonised over it and rewritten it over and over again.  It could be award winning – if only resume writing awards existed. But there’s still one thing…

Competition Heats Up in Dublin as Gulf Carriers Battle for Market Share

It started way back in 2005 when the Emerald Isle first got a taste of Middle Eastern luxury.  Until then, Ireland didn’t have any links between Dublin and the Middle East.  How times have changed – Now the big three…

Electronics Ban Will Likely Affect Future Cabin Crew Recruitment

We’ve been closely following the in-flight electronics ban and its likely impact on the Middle East’s biggest airlines.  Our biggest concern?  That Cabin Crew recruitment for Emirates, Etihad Airways and even Qatar Airways might be affected.  And it isn’t looking…

Parents Rejoice! This Middle East Airline has Trained 2,000 Flying Nannies

Etihad Airways has today, celebrated the graduation of its 2,000th ‘Flying Nanny.’  The first nanny took to the skies in 2013 with the aim of giving a helping hand to families and unaccompanied children.  Since then the programme has quickly…

Etihad Airways Now Has 2,000 Flying Nannies to Provide a Helping Hand

Etihad Airways has today, celebrated the graduation of its 2,000th ‘Flying Nanny.’  The first nanny took to the skies in 2013 with the aim of giving a helping hand to families and unaccompanied children.  Since then the programme has quickly…

Electronic Gadgets Banned on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways flights to the U.S.

Late yesterday, Royal Jordanian Airlines gave passengers a heads-up of an impending ban on electronic devices for flights from Jordan to the USA.  In a since-deleted post on the company’s Twitter account, Royal Jordanian said “carrying any electronic or electrical…

These Two Airlines Spread Some Much-Needed Joy on The International Day of Happiness

Flying long-haul can be a pretty soul destroying experience.  You cross multiple time zones, eat bad food and struggle to find comfort in your cramped seat.  You’re left ravaged by the dry, recirculated air and exhausted from jet lag. But…

Etihad Airways is Redeploying In-Flight Cabin Crew as Recruitment Freeze Continues

Just a few days ago, Etihad Airways announced it will be bringing its flagship A380 superjumbo to Paris from 1st July.  However, sources have suggested that Etihad is redeploying both aircraft and Cabin Crew due to a lack of demand…

Can Cabin Crew Have Tattoos? The Rules, Policy and Exceptions

It seems like everyone has a tattoo nowadays.  Our attitude towards tattoos has become a lot more accepting in the last ten years.  But the majority of global airlines – including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and British Airways still have…

How to Ace the Cabin Crew Assessment Day 2017 – Tips and Advice

I’ve attended a lot of Cabin Crew Assessment Day’s for a number of major, international airlines.  Along the way, I’ve learnt what works (and importantly, what doesn’t work).  I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I too have failed on occasion.…

News Roundup – 15th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Turkish Airlines has had a torrid 12-months but its Chairman has delivered an upbeat assessment of the carriers future.  He hopes that Turkish will be back on track by 2018. One airline going from strength-to-strength, Qatar Airways, has said that…

A Gathering Storm: Gulf Airlines Profits to Drop by Two Thirds in 2017

Amidst the glamorous unveiling of the Qatar Airways new Business Class suite, a darker mood descended on the annual airline shindig that is ITB Berlin.  In highly publicised remarks, Tim Clark, the longtime President of mega-airline Emirates, warned of a…

True or False? The Cabin Crew Recruitment Rumours that Won’t Go Away

What are the most common Cabin Crew recruitment rumours? The cabin crew recruitment process is seemingly full of rumour and myth.  And one of the worst airlines for this mystery is Emirates.  Take a look online and it won’t be…

Rumour: Emirates and Etihad Airways in Talks Over a Possible Merger

  Update: 11th March 2017 In an interview with Bloomberg, Tim Clarke, the CEO of Emirates described as “nonsense”, the rumour that his airline and rival, Etihad were in talks over a possible merger. Here’s an interesting rumour that has…

Report: Nobody Wants to Fly to the USA and Gulf Carriers are Worst Hit

If low oil prices, a strong U.S. Dollar and the threat of international terrorism wasn’t difficult enough, airlines and particularly Gulf carriers have got another problem to deal with.  Analysis by ForwardKeys, a travel marketing and intelligence company, has found…

BREAKING: New U.S. Travel Ban is Bad but Cabin Crew Can Relax This Time Round

President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order on Monday morning that will ban the citizens of 6 Muslim majority nations entering the USA.  The last time this happened – just over six weeks ago – passengers were stranded in…