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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:34 PM   #1721
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Qatar Airways CEO threatens to halt Airbus orders if slots denied

Qatar Airways could reconsider ordering Airbus aircraft if it could not obtain landing rights - or slots - at European airports, chief executive Akbar Al Baker told a German newspaper in an interview.
"If they (European airport slots) are limited further, we will stop buying European aircraft. We have 186 orders at Airbus. What impact would that have on German jobs?" the Handelsblatt daily quoted Al Baker as saying in its Tuesday edition.
Fast-growing Middle East airlines such as Qatar and Emirates have said that European governments were seeking to restrict fair competition by giving airlines based closer to home preference when awarding airport slots.
Emirates has sought for years to obtain permission to fly to Berlin and Stuttgart in Germany, and Al Baker told Handelsblatt that he had been approached by representatives of airports in Hamburg and Dusseldorf asking for Qatar to add routes there.

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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:58 PM   #1722
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Sounds good, Gulf carriers have saved the A380 program, the most expensive of Airbus, have the right to demand benefits, nothing in life is free of charge and putting money puts conditions.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 04:58 AM   #1723
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Sounds good, Gulf carriers have saved the A380 program, the most expensive of Airbus, have the right to demand benefits, nothing in life is free of charge and putting money puts conditions.
All do respect but "blackmailing" nations to secure slots at European airports isn't acceptable! I disagree with the crys from Al Baker.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 03:17 PM   #1724
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EY298 touched down in Yerevan this morning, marking the start of our direct service from Abu Dhabi.



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Old July 4th, 2014, 11:06 AM   #1725
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Etihad Airways Named First Ever Official Airline Partner For England Cricket Teams

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), today announced a three-year partnership deal which will see the carrier become the first ever official airline partner of the England Cricket Teams.

The sponsorship agreement will see all England national teams across menbs, womenbs, age-group and disability cricket, fly with Etihad Airways and experience its award-winning products and services.

As part of the partnership, the airline will benefit from a comprehensive range of commercial rights which will include access to England players for promotional appearances, advertising at six international cricket grounds in England and Wales, tickets and hospitality packages.

Encompassing Englandbs domestic international and overseas cricket tours from 2014-2016, the agreement will also include winter training camps in Abu Dhabi and a joint community-based cricket initiative.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 01:28 PM   #1726
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hello;
any plans from Etihad to expand in Tunisia and Algeria? it seems weird they never launched Abu Dhabi - Tunis or Alger eventho Casablanca was launched more than 5 years ago. any explanation?
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Old July 4th, 2014, 03:05 PM   #1727
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any plans from Etihad to expand in Tunisia and Algeria? it seems weird they never launched Abu Dhabi - Tunis or Alger eventho Casablanca was launched more than 5 years ago. any explanation?
Well, it is a big gap in Africa at the moment.

Do expect them to launch them soon.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #1728
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Sounds good, Gulf carriers have saved the A380 program, the most expensive of Airbus, have the right to demand benefits, nothing in life is free of charge and putting money puts conditions.
Not the Gulf carriers, Emirates (only)
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Old July 5th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #1729
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In pictures: How Etihad raised the stakes in airline luxury





























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Etihad Airways raised the stakes of luxury travel in May by introducing a US$20,000-a-ticket, sky-high hotel suite called The Residence.

To concoct this new offering, the Abu-Dhabi based carrier had to tear up the floor plans of the Airbus double-deck A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The National spoke with three of the project’s designers to find out how they went from blue-skying to reality.

In Part One of the conversation, with Mike Crump, a partner and director at London-based Honour Branding, explains the seven stages of the project, from cultural immersion through vendor support.

Then in Part Two, Adam White, a director of London-based Factorydesign, and Nigel Lawson, a director of Belfast-based acumen, join the conversation as we delve into the details of how it got done.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #1730
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When will Emirates go double daily on Durban route Emirates where supposed to in October last year but never did don't know why the route was doing so well they changed the A330-200 to a B777-300ER and after that they saw a 30% increase of PAX and gave 90% more cargo capacity they don't have to go double daily they just have to launch A380 on the route I mean like nearly everyday the plane is fully book they even had to add two additional flight in the December Holidays last year
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Old July 5th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #1731
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When will Emirates go double daily on Durban route Emirates where supposed to in October last year but never did don't know why the route was doing so well they changed the A330-200 to a B777-300ER and after that they saw a 30% increase of PAX and gave 90% more cargo capacity they don't have to go double daily they just have to launch A380 on the route I mean like nearly everyday the plane is fully book they even had to add two additional flight in the December Holidays last year
Chill dude.

EK is facing slot problems at DXB, so a 2nd Daily DUR flight may come later than expected.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 06:19 AM   #1732
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When will Emirates go double daily on Durban route Emirates where supposed to in October last year but never did don't know why the route was doing so well they changed the A330-200 to a B777-300ER and after that they saw a 30% increase of PAX and gave 90% more cargo capacity they don't have to go double daily they just have to launch A380 on the route I mean like nearly everyday the plane is fully book they even had to add two additional flight in the December Holidays last year
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Chill dude.

EK is facing slot problems at DXB, so a 2nd Daily DUR flight may come later than expected.
would be nice to see Qatar in DUR though
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Old July 7th, 2014, 07:29 AM   #1734
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Just wondering if Emirates or Qatar are looking to add more destination in Latin America.. Maybe MEX, BOG, LIM, SCL?
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Old July 7th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #1735
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would be nice to see Qatar in DUR though
Would be nice if they announced nonstop DUR and CPT services though. It makes no sense to run behind a tag-on from JNB.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 05:06 PM   #1736
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Etihad revenues jump 28% to Dh11.75bn in H1 2014

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Etihad Airways has reported double-digit growth in passenger and cargo volumes during the first half of 2014, marking its strongest ever performance for the six-month period, with total revenues increasing to Dh11.75 billion ($3.2bn).

A total of 6.7 million passengers travelled with the airline between January and June this year, almost 22 per cent higher than the 5.5 million passengers in the same period last year.

Etihad Cargo carried 268,713 tonnes of freight and mail during the first half of 2014, up 25 per cent year-on-year, and contributing “significantly to the airline’s total revenue,” the carrier said in a statement, adding: “It remains on track to become a billion dollar business in 2014.”

The performance was supported by Etihad’s growth in Q2 2014, with 3.5m passengers and 140,892 tonnes of freight and mail carried over the three-month period, both up by 25 per cent on the same period last year.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “At a time when the global airline industry has struggled with high fuel prices, intense competition and a slowdown in the cargo market, Etihad Airways has achieved record success, carrying more passengers and cargo to more destinations around the world, with our biggest fleet to date.

“We have ambitious plans to build on this momentum in the second half of 2014, with five more destinations being introduced into our global network, and our ground-breaking Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 also entering service, which will reinforce our status as a global market leader.”

Passenger and cargo volumes were boosted with 98 destinations operational by the end of H1 2014, compared to 92 in the same period last year.

Following the launch of Medina flights in the first quarter of 2014, the second quarter included the start of new services to Jaipur, Zurich and Los Angeles, while frequencies increased on five existing routes, including Moscow and Cochin.

The airline’s network will increase to 103 destinations by year end, with Yerevan flights launched this month and Rome, Perth, Phuket and Dallas to follow over the remainder of 2014.

Organic growth was supported by codeshare and equity alliance partnerships in H1 2014, delivering an estimated 1.4m passengers onto Etihad flights (+28 per cent year-on-year) and contributing revenue of Dh1.72bn ($471m), which represented 23 per cent of the airline’s passenger revenue.

In Q2 of the year, a new codeshare agreement was signed with GOL and existing codeshares were expanded with partners Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air France and South African Airways, while 754,050 passengers were delivered onto Etihad flights (+32 per cent year-on-year), contributing revenue of Dh907m ($247m).

Etihad’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), was 39.4bn by the end of H1 2014, an increase of 19 per cent year-on-year.

The airline’s fleet also expanded to 102 aircraft, with seven aircraft delivered in the second quarter.

An additional six aircraft will be received in the second half of 2014, including Etihad’s first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787, which commence operations in December and will feature brand new first, business and economy class products.

The A380 will also include The Residence by Etihad, the world’s first three-room private cabin, with a living room, separate double bedroom and en suite shower, together with a personal butler service.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #1737
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FlyDubai will start Zagreb service 16th of December, 2014.
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Etihad to start 6 new routes in 2015

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Madrid - Daily
Edinburgh - Daily
Hong Kong - 4x weekly
Algiers - 3x weekly
Entebbe - Daily
Kolkata - Daily

I hope that Kigali will be the next destination in East Africa, EY currently serves Kigali via a code share agreement with Kenya Airways, like for Entebbe, Dar Es Salaam and Bujumbura.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #1739
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Also, Brisbane will get a daily non stop 787-9 in place of the current daily 1 stop via Singapore with an A330.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 02:47 PM   #1740
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ETIHAD AIRWAYS EXPANDS AFRICAN NETWORK

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the launch of a three times per week service between Abu Dhabi and Algiers, marking the next stage of growth for the airline’s African network.

Commencing on 17 June 2015, the new capital-to-capital link will make Algiers, the largest city of Algeria, Etihad Airways’ tenth destination in Africa.

The new flights will offer significant travel options for business and leisure travellers in Algeria, a country with a population exceeding 37 million, providing links to the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub and destinations across the Gulf region, Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australasia. They will also provide better access to Algeria for over 10,000 Algerians expatriates living in the UAE.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The direct link between the capitals of the UAE and Algeria is another milestone in our African expansion strategy and underscores our ongoing commitment to serve emerging markets.

“Algeria, the tenth largest country in the world and the largest in Africa, is rich in natural resources, such as oil and natural gas. Our new services will strengthen the oil and gas links between the UAE and Algeria, and create new opportunities for both countries in the areas of government, trade, tourism and cultural exchange.”

The Abu Dhabi-Algiers route will be operated by a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft, configured to carry 231 passengers, with eight seats in First Class, 32 seats in Business Class and 191 seats in Economy Class, offering a total of 1,386 seats per week.

The A330-300 aircraft will also offer just over 72 tonnes of weekly belly hold capacity to and from Algeria, giving a further boost to trade opportunities. The airline expects to transport oil equipment, consumable commodities, garments, electronics, building materials and vehicles to points across its network. Imports including dates, lubricants and a wide range of manufactured goods will be shipped in the other direction.

Located on the west side of a bay on the Mediterranean coast, the cosmopolitan city of Algiers is home to numerous historical and cultural attractions, including the Great Mosque, Notre Dame D’Afrique, Martyrs Square and multiple monuments and forts.

With its Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and French colonial heritage, Algeria offers a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. The country has some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.

Etihad Airways currently has flights to Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan in its African network.

The airline has announced six new routes for the first half of 2015, starting with Kolkata in February, Madrid in March, Entebbe in May, and Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Algiers in June.
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