Category Archives for Etihad.

Air Serbia CEO Says Etihad Gave Him Just over a Month to Transform Jat into Air Serbia, NYC Flight Thanks to Alitalia & Other Etihad Partners

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Air Serbia may be just three years old, but it’s actually a 90+ year company that was previously owned by the Serbian government and operated under many former names including Jat and Yugoslav Airlines. Etihad took a 49% stake in the airline and helped fund the new operation known as Air Serbia. Interestingly enough, Air Serbia CEO…

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Etihad Drops Jet Airways Aircraft to JFK & SFO

Great news for those looking to redeem their AAdvantage miles for Etihad flights prior to the March devaluation, Etihad plans to drop flights operated with Jet Airways aircraft earlier than previously announced. The plan was to return those aircraft at the end of October 2016, however, we’ll now see these removed in April and June respectively.…

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Why the US Department of Justice Sides with JetBlue, Hawaiian, & FedEx on the Gulf Carriers


News broke on Monday that the US Department of Justice is concerned with the request from Delta, American, and United to limit flights from Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar to the US. They are specifically worried about the impact on consumers – the potential for higher fares and fewer choices. These are two of the same concerns…

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JetBlue & FedEx Back Gulf Carriers, Could AA Ditch US3 & Join M. East Carriers?


Both JetBlue and FedEx have come out in support of the Gulf carriers in the battle with the US3. JetBlue has partnerships with Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, while Fedex is currently expanding a major hub operation in Dubai. JetBlue had this to say: “Just as the three U.S. legacy carriers currently alleging unfair subsidies have exhibited…

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Etihad Make Changes to Award Redemptions, Impact to AA Awards?

Etihad sent notice this morning that after a comprehensive review of their Etihad Guest loyalty program, they’ve essentially decided to introduce the equivalent of AAnytime awards, offering last seat availability for redemptions.  The new award level will be called OpenSeats. In addition, they are increasing the number of business class seats available at the low (GuestSeats)…

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“Gulf Carrier Subsidy Allegations Appear Valid” – US House Transport Panel Chair

A brief statement was released by Bill Shuster, US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, regarding the allegations that the Middle East airlines receive illegal subsidies in violation of Open Skies: “They’re state-owned companies, and they’re getting what we believe are infusions of cash, which is not fair. The committee has spoken with the…

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Etihad Changing Itineraries for $0 Mistake Fares! – Canceling Connecting Partner Flights

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During Etihad’s $0 mistake fare “xmas sale” several purchasers opted for connecting flights so that they could take advantage of a free stopover in a European city via one of EY’s partner carriers. Over the last week, Etihad has begun informing these customers that they are changing their itineraries to direct flights operated by Etihad. While…

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Emirates Sheikh to American/Delta/United: Stop Whining and Try Winning on Service!

Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoumheikh says that US Airlines should stop complaining to the Department of Transportation about Middle East carriers and their potential government subsidies (which the airlines deny), and should instead try to win customers back based on service quality. Lots of interesting quotes from the Bloomberg article: “Offer the…

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