Etihad Airways set to expand in South America

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    Sep 19, 2012
    ABU DHABI, UAE - Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America, said President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan.

    Mr Hogan said that the airline is currently in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships.

    Etihad Airways currently has 38 codeshare partnerships with airlines around the globe, resulting in a combined network of 323 destinations, more than any other Middle Eastern airline.

    Beyond its own organic growth, codeshare partnerships and equity stakes are a significant and growing part of the airline's expansion strategy. Etihad Airways holds a 30 per cent stake of airberlin, 40 per cent of Air Seychelles, 3 per cent of Aer Lingus and 10 per cent of Virgin Australia.

    The airline will launch its first route in South America on June 1, 2013, with daily non-stop flights between Sao Paulo, Brazil and its home base of Abu Dhabi, the capitol of the United Arab Emirates.

    Etihad Airways' service will also provide seamless connections from Brazil to the airline's global network, offering connectivity over Abu Dhabi to markets in the Gulf Co-operation Council, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia.


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