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Tony Harrington
An Etihad Boeing 787 at Abu Dhabi International. The airline is outsourcing some 787 routes to other carriers

Etihad outsources flights as airlines grapple with jet shortage 

Etihad Airways has engaged charter airlines to operate its flights on at least two key routes, as it accelerates the expansion of its network. Spanish carrier Wamos Air is operating two wide-bodied Airbus A330 jets under Etihad flight numbers on the Abu Dhabi-Jakarta route, while Hi Fly Malta is deploying an Etihad-numbered A330 on daily […]

Etihad CEO Antonoaldo Neves, centre. The internal memo followed a presentation by Neves

Etihad predicts ‘remarkable’ year after profitable 2023 

Etihad Airways has told staff that it made a profit last year, helped by “milestone” revenues of $5.5 billion, and is expecting a “remarkable” performance in 2024, AGBI has learned.  In an internal memo sent on January 25, which followed a presentation by chief executive Antonoaldo Neves, the company predicted that revenues would reach $6.5 […]

Aircraft, Airliner, Airplane

Gulf’s beloved Airbus A380 makes its return to the skies

The world’s biggest passenger jet, the double-decker Airbus A380, is back in favour after high operating costs forced many airlines to curtail or cancel its use. The post-pandemic surge in international travel and a shortage of large, fuel-efficient aircraft have combined to reignite demand for the thirsty superjumbo, at least for now. And nowhere are […]

Riyadh Air Saudi aviation

Riyadh Air positions Saudi as major player in Gulf aviation

Gulf airlines are bracing for an escalating challenge from Saudi Arabia’s new global carrier Riyadh Air, which is scheduled for take-off in 2025. The highly hyped airline, whose launch was first revealed by the kingdom in March, is targeting 100 destinations in its first five years.  This is a scale of ambition likely to reshape […]

Etihad Aviation Training has nine flight simulators covering popular Airbus and Boeing models

UAE aviation training firm cashes in on pilot demand

A pressing need for airlines to requalify pilots as global air travel recovers has sent business soaring for Etihad Aviation Training, with revenues up 30 percent this year. In addition to training and maintaining aircrews for Etihad Airways, the training business supports 70 other passenger, freight and charter operators, as well as government VIP fleets. […]

Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum hailed the group's "solid partnerships across the aviation and travel ecosystem"

Emirates’ record dividend lifts total paid to Dubai past $6.5bn

The record AED4.5 billion ($1.2 billion) dividend paid by Emirates Group for 2022-23 has pushed the Dubai government’s total earnings from its flagship airline past $6.5 billion. The group’s annual report released last week showed that over the past 34 years, it has paid 28 dividends to its owner – the Investment Corporation of Dubai, […]

As competition for passengers intensifies, Gulf airlines Emirates and Etihad recently signed an interline agreement enabling single ticket travel Video length: 03:07

How the battle for the Gulf’s skies has intensified

Across and around the Arabian Gulf regional airlines find themselves returning to a very different and increasingly volatile market after the pandemic. Pre-Covid, aviation in the Gulf and many neighbouring nations was largely defined and dominated by Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad.  Now, as the Big Three pursue resurgence, they are being increasingly challenged, not […]

Ownership of Etihad Airways was transferred to UAE sovereign wealth fund ADQ in 2022 to boost Abu Dhabi’s status as a transport hub
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Gulf airlines flying high again, but facing fresh headwinds

As global air travel continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest airlines in the Arabian Gulf – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad – are soaring back into clear skies. But can they maintain their rate of climb? Beyond economic and geopolitical pressures, there’s increasing competition from low-cost airlines, resurgent long-haul competitors and globally ambitious […]