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Etihad Airways Arrival Lounge Abu Dhabi

After a long flight nothing beats the superfluity of an arrivals lounge, a luxury reserved for only select travelers at very few airports worldwide. Etihad Airways has an arrival lounge at their hub in Abu Dhabi and offers the petite retreat for passengers traveling in business class and first ...

Delta uses India withdrawal to underscore "unfair" practices of Gulf carriers

Editor's note: this is the second installment two-part series assessing the U.S. - India passenger market and aviation strategy, and the impact of Middle East airlines carring 6th freedom traffic between the two countries. Part I, which can be found here, assessed the restoration of Indian ...

FAA upgrades India back to Category I: what will happen next?

Indian carriers finally get their act together to stay compliant within IASA audits 
The US Federal Aviation Authority has restored India to Category I safety ratings after a 14-month downgrade to Category II status following Jet Airways and Air India's failure to comply with standards set ...

Amazing Etihad Ad Featuring Nicole Kidman Angers American Airlines FAs

Etiahd has an amazing new ad starring Nicole Kidman highlighting the revolutionary nature of its A380 First Class product.

Not everyone likes it, though. Laura Glading, the President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (representing American Airlines and US ...

The Hunt for a Competent American Airlines Agent

Earlier today I posted the following about booking Etihad Airways award space with American Airlines--
American Airlines Cannot Book Etihad Award Space...Again
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is a wonderful American Airlines AAdvantage partner, offering excellent premium cabin award space ...

Emirates to start Chicago service in August 2014

Emirates will commence daily nonstop services from Dubai to Chicago O'Hare International on August 5th, utilizing a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, according to the Chicago Tribune. 
EK 235 Dep DXB 0945 Arr ORD 1525
EK 236 Dep ORD 2035 ...

Trip Report: Etihad from Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi

After flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg and killing our long layover in JNB, it was time to head for Abu Dhabi en route to the Maldives! Our itinerary was CPT-JNB-AUH-MLE, with the last two segments being on Etihad Airlines. I was really excited about the last two flights, as I had never ...

Philippine Airlines sets sights on flying to Brasil

There has been lots of buzz recently surrounding Philippine Airlines (PAL) and their latest plans to launch flights to Brasil. 
Last week, the Philippine Flight Network, a Filipino-based airline and aviation news source, revealed that the two countries just signed their first ever ...

São Paulo attracts more exotic airlines: airport allure

São Paulo Guarulhos airport (IATA code: GRU) is quite possibly the plane spotter's haven given the diversity in aircraft movements.  The airport continues to attract new service from a growing list of foreign carriers from virtually every continent across the globe.  The airport is ...

Etihad Win Approval for 10% VA Stake

Etihad Airways has been cleared by the Australian government to up its equity stake in Virgin Australia from the current 4.99% it bought earlier this year to a maximum of 10%! This will give Virgin Australia even more foreign ownership with 10% owned by Etihad, 19.9% by Air New Zealand, and 26% by ...
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Etihad Guest Engulfs Air Seychelles Plus

In February of 2012 Etihad invested in Air Seychelles and bought a 40% stake in the airline. Now Etihad is upping the ante and incorporating Air Seychelles more than ever before. The first adjustments were Air Seychelles flights to Abu Dhabi and code shares on Etihad's extensive route network, the ...
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Etihad and Royal Air Maroc Announce Partnership

Etihad grows again with ANOTHER partnership announced! Just yesterday I wrote about how Etihad is growing a virtual network with code shares and partners all over the world. Unlike Emirates who is the Middle East carrier with few partners, Etihad ...

Emirates, the 'Beast in the Middle East,' feels the heat

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies over the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Image courtesy of Google.
"We can reel off a whole load of airlines that are teetering on the brink or are really gone. Roll this forward to Christmas, another eight or nine months, and we're going to see this industry ...