Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has finalised the agreement to acquire three airport services companies which will accelerate and consolidate the development of in-flight catering services, ground handling and cargo operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Etihad Airways has received the prestigious title of Middle East’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Middle East, for a remarkable seventh consecutive year.
Etihad Rail will lay tracks on a 49-kilometre stretch through the Bainunah reserve.
Etihad Airways and Atlas Air Worldwide have signed a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement to provide the Abu Dhabi-based carrier with its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter. With a payload capacity of 138 tonnes and a range of more than 8,000 kilometres, the full liveried Etihad Cargo Boeing 747-8 Freighter will be the largest in the carrier’s growing freighter fleet. The new aircraft will take Etihad Cargo’s freighter fleet to nine aircraft. From June the airline will also operate three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F and three Airbus A330-200F.
The Indian civil aviation ministry has said despite the recently signed agreement with the UAE that has almost quadrupled the bilateral entitlements with Abu Dhabi, from 13,300 to 49,970 seats a week, a limit was placed on the number of flights airlines from the emirate can operate from Indian cities, to prevent revenue losses for airport operators, the Business Standard has reported. Under the new deal, Etihad can fly 3,300 passengers a week out of Delhi and Mumbai, subject to a frequency of two flights a day. “We have made provisions to address the concerns of airlines and airport operators in India,” said a ministry official. “The cap on frequency is to ensure they do not operate smaller aircraft and save on landing charge, thus leading to losses for our airport operators,” said the official.