Etihad Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, is supporting India Aviation 2016 this week welcoming Indian and foreign dignitaries to its two aircraft on static display at the air show being held in Hyderabad.
The airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787, one of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s five Dreamliners, is joined by its fifth and newest Boeing 777 freighter delivered direct from the aircraft manufacturer.
Etihad Airways is the only airline with two commercial aircraft on show at Begumpet Airport, demonstrating the importance of the Indian aviation market to the carrier. It is also participating in the associated exhibition with strategic Indian partner Jet Airways.
VIP visitors to the aircraft and joint exhibition stand included: India’s Minister of Civil Aviation, the Honourable Ashok Gajapathi Raju; Secretary of Civil Aviation Shri R. N. Choubey; the UAE Ambassador to India, His Excellency Ahmed Al Banna; and Senior Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Dr Renu Singh Parmar.
They were welcomed for guided aircraft tours by Etihad Airways’ Emirati staff together with senior executives including Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, and Neerja Bhatia, Vice President India and Indian subcontinent.
Organised by India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the air show provides Etihad Airways with another platform to engage with key policy makers, business leaders, aviation experts and others across the aviation industry.
Etihad Airways also took part in a CEO Forum and panel discussion at which Kevin Knight spoke of the important relationship the airline has enjoyed with equity partner Jet Airways as both carriers combined operate 254 flights each week between Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across India. Together, they are the largest international operators of scheduled flights to and from India with a 20 per cent market share. Etihad Airways shared its views on how airlines and governments can work together to drive economic growth and create new jobs through the expansion of air services that are connecting India to markets around the world.
In addition, Etihad Cargo, Etihad Airways’ freight division, operates dedicated freighters to four Indian metro cities from Abu Dhabi. With 120,000 tons of cargo carried annually to and from India, it holds nine per cent share of the Indian international freight market.
Mr Knight also spoke of the strong and growing economic ties shared between the UAE and India, and Etihad Airways’ commitment to India by showcasing two of its newest aircraft at this week’s air show. The UAE is the 10th biggest foreign – and largest Arab – investor in India.
1: The UAE Ambassador to India, His Excellency Ahmed Al Banna, second left, following a tour of Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787 at the India Aviation 2016 air show in Hyderabad. He is flanked by Emirati staff and Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer (left).
2: The UAE Ambassador to India, His Excellency Ahmed Al Banna, pictured seventh left, with staff from Etihad Airways and the airline’s strategic partner Jet Airways at the India Aviation 2016 air show in Hyderabad.
3: India’s Minister of Civil Aviation, the Honourable Ashok Gajapathi Raju, pictured left, and Secretary of Civil Aviation Shri R. N. Choubey, right, with Etihad Airways Vice President India, Neerja Bhatia, and cabin crew at the Etihad Airways and Jet Airways exhibition stand in Hyderabad.
4 – Secretary of Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation Mr R. N. Choubey, pictured second right, with Etihad Airways officials onboard the airline’s Boeing 787 on display in Hyderabad this week.
About Etihad Airways : Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.4 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a brand that brings together partner airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com