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Etihad and Air Arabia to launch new low-cost carrier

Posted 16 October 2019 · Add Comment

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has signed a partnership deal with Air Arabia to launch a new low-cost carrier called Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

 

Etihad and Air Arabia will establish an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with its hub in Abu Dhabi International Airport.

“Abu Dhabi is a thriving cultural hub with a clear economic vision built on sustainability and diversification,” said Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

“With the emirate’s diverse attractions and hospitality offerings, travel and tourism play a vital role in the economic growth of the capital and the UAE.

“By partnering with Air Arabia and launching Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost carrier, we are serving this long-term vision.”

He added: “This exciting partnership supports our transformation programme and will offer our guests a new option for low-cost travel to and from Abu Dhabi, supplementing our own services. We look forward to the launch of the new airline in due course.”

Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer, Air Arabia, added: “We are thrilled to partner with Etihad to establish Air Arabia Abu Dhabi that will further serve the growing low-cost travel segment locally and regionally while capitalising on the expertise that Air Arabia and Etihad will be providing.

 “This step demonstrates the strength of the UAE aviation sector and serves the vision driving its growth. We look forward to a successful partnership and the launch of the new carrier.”

 

 

 

 

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