UAE’s Etihad to add Qantas’ international routes to its services
16 Aug 2011
(MENAFN) Etihad Airways’ CEO, James Hogan, said that since Qantas airlines would reduce the number of its international flights due to financial issues, Etihad would take advantage of this move and provide its services on these routes, reported Arabian Business.
Hogan added that in an attempt to expand Etihad’s share of profitable long-haul traffic, the UAE carrier planned to increase its routes, which would include Australia, where it urged travelers their to use its services.
He also said that in the year’s first half, the number of passengers grew 14 percent to 3.8 million, whereas revenue went up 28 percent to USD1.72 billion.
It is worth noting that Etihad’s fleet includes 57 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, in addition to 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s.