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Former Etihad CEO Caught Violating UK Quarantine, Faces £10,000 Fine

According to The Daily Mail, Etihad Airways' controversial former CEO was caught trying to circumvent the UK's quarantine requirement, and could now face a fine. James Hogan was CEO of Etihad Airways for more than a decade, from 2006 until 2017 (more…

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Air Seychelles
Etihad Sells 40% Air Seychelles Stake For $1

Etihad Airways is in the process of selling its 40% stake in Air Seychelles for $1, and the airline will forgive over $60 million in debt in the process. Ahem, Etihad, OMAAT is looking for some new investors, please give me a call at your earliest convenience.…

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Etihad 787 First Class – 3
Will Etihad Airways Eliminate First Class?

If I had to guess, I'd say the answer is "yes." We've recently learned that Etihad Airways plans to retire both its Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s. With this update, Etihad Airways will have a total of only five aircraft with first class. The reduction…

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Etihad Airways Retiring Entire Boeing 777 Fleet

Etihad Airways is undergoing a radical transformation in an effort to cut losses by 2023. It appears almost certain that Etihad will retire its entire Airbus A380 fleet, and now the airline has revealed plans to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet as…

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Uh Oh: Etihad Removes All Mention Of The A380 & The Residence

Things are looking even worse for the future of the Etihad Airways A380... We're seeing some airlines retire the Airbus A380 early due to the pandemic. Both Air France and Lufthansa have announced plans to retire their A380 fleets, and Etihad's CEO has…

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Etihad 787 First Class – 2
Etihad Guest Offering 50% Hotel Transfer Bonus

Etihad Guest can be a useful frequent flyer program. Etihad Guest miles can be easy to earn with transferrable points programs like Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One. On top of that, Etihad Guest has some hotel transfer partners,…

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Etihad Airways Unveils New Safety Video

Etihad Airways has today unveiled its new safety video, and it counters the general trend we've seen from airline safety videos for a couple of reasons. Etihad's new safety video is filmed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, to give passengers from around the globe…

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Etihad 787 First Class – 2
Etihad Guest Selling Miles With 40% Bonus

Etihad Guest is currently running its first promotion of 2021 on purchased miles. Through Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Etihad Guest is offering a bonus on purchased miles: Buy 6,000-20,000 miles, get a 10% bonus Buy 21,000-60,000 miles, get a 20% bonus…

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Etihad Residence – 9
Sad: Etihad “Very Likely” To Retire A380 Fleet

Roughly a year ago we saw most airlines operating the A380 ground these fleets due to lack of demand. Since then, both Air France and Lufthansa have announced plans to permanently retire their entire A380 fleets. Meanwhile Qatar Airways and Singapore…

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Etihad Crew
Etihad Becomes First Airline To Vaccinate All Pilots & Cabin Crew

Etihad Airways has become the first major airline in the world to vaccinate all of its "operating" pilots and flight attendants, which is a pretty awesome achievement (EL AL, meanwhile, has become the first airline to vaccinate all customer-facing employees).…

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Etihad Decreases Air Serbia Stake: Now What?

Etihad Airways' stake in Air Serbia has just decreased. What does this mean for the future of Air Serbia, and Etihad's involvement? In 2013, Air Serbia was born in its current form, as the airline was a rebranded version of the former Jat Airways. The…

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launching Early 2021

About a year ago we first learned about the concept of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. Despite the pandemic, that airline is now just a couple of weeks from launching. This is Abu Dhabi's second low cost carrier to start operations during the pandemic. Air Arabia…

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Etihad Business Class 787 – 2
Did Etihad Guest Quietly Increase Award Costs?

For now I'll pose this as a question, since the program's lack of transparency makes it hard to figure out what's going on. Etihad Guest doesn't publish an award chart for travel on its own flights, but rather has an award calculator. When you look up…

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EL AL & Etihad Will Codeshare, Offer Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits, And More

Not only have Israel and the United Arab Emirates recently started cooperating, but we've now learned about plans for the national airlines of both countries to cooperate as well. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Tel Aviv-based EL AL have signed a memorandum…

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Etihad Airways 787
Etihad Launching Abu Dhabi To Tel Aviv Flights

Etihad Airways has just announced plans to launch regularly scheduled flights between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. This makes Etihad the second UAE-based airline to announce flights, after FlyDubai. This follows normalization of relations between…

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Etihad A380 First Class Apartment – 13
Etihad Eliminates Inflight Chefs, F&B Managers

Etihad has just revealed its latest cost cutting initiative, which many premium passengers won't be happy to hear about... There was a brief period a while back where Etihad tried to become an uber-premium airline. One of the cool features we saw from…

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Emirates 777 First Class – 67
Israel & UAE Agree To 28 Weekly Flights

We're getting some more details about what scheduled passenger flights will look like between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in the not-too-distant future. This follows normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, which was first revealed…

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Etihad A380 First Class Apartment – 2
Etihad Airways Entirely Removes A380 From Schedule

It sure is looking increasingly unlikely that Etihad Airways' A380s will be making a return to the skies anytime soon. As noted by @xJonNYC, Etihad has just removed the A380 from its schedule indefinitely. Etihad's A380 fleet has been grounded since…

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El Al 787
Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace To Israel Flights

With Israel and the United Arab Emirates establishing diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain seem to be warming up to Israel as well... at least when it comes to aviation rights. Jared Kushner has announced this week that both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain…

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Spend The Night In A Former Etihad Airways Plane

Want to spend a night in an airplane without leaving the ground? There's now yet another option... Apple Camping offers some unique camping opportunities in the Pembrokeshire countryside of the United Kingdom, the newest of which is a former Etihad Airways…

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Etihad Residence – 9
Etihad Introduces Free Coronavirus Travel Insurance

Etihad has become the third major airline to introduce free coronavirus travel insurance, following in the footsteps of Emirates and Virgin Atlantic. Etihad Airways is now offering passengers COVID-19 global wellness insurance. Etihad says that those…

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Israel’s EL AL To Operate First Flight To UAE (More Details)

A couple of weeks ago a historic peace deal was announced between Israel and the UAE, which will hopefully usher in a new era of diplomacy. Part of this agreement involves commercial flights being added between the two countries. A couple of days ago…

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Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal
When Will Abu Dhabi Airport’s Unnecessary New Terminal Open?

It has been a few years since I've written about this terminal, so I figure it's time for an update... Many years ago, construction started on a new midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new terminal was supposed to increase the airport's…

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