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Etihad CEO says adding A380 service to Mumbai a sign of India's importance to airline's growth

Posted 4 May 2016 · Add Comment

India continues to be a crucial part of Etihad Airways' growth strategy contributing significantly to the airline's global operations, to job creation and to connectivity for India.

Addressing a media conference in Mumbai to mark the launch of Etihad Airways’ daily A380 service to India’s commercial capital, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer, Peter Baumgartner, said that the airline had stimulated competition, created thousands of jobs, helped drive inbound tourism, and connected India to the world. 

“Bringing our flagship product to India is further proof of its significance as a market, and more importantly, our commitment to the country’s economy,” added  Baumgartner. 

“The importance of Indian partner Jet Airways and the contribution of the Etihad Airways / Jet Airways partnership to the Indian aviation industry, also cannot be underestimated,” he said. 

“In Jet Airways we have a key ally, a strategic partner, and a true friend in the Indian skies that gives us the combined strength and enhanced competitive edge to provide what demanding consumers want today – greater choice, more travel options, better products and a superior travel experience,” he explained. 

Baumgartner was speaking as the airline celebrated the introduction this week of its Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, on the Abu Dhabi – Mumbai route. The 496-seat aircraft features innovative products including the revolutionary, award-winning ‘The Residence’ – a three-room suite comprising a living room, shower and bedroom among its four-class products. 

He added: “With the aircraft upgrade, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service in both directions between Mumbai and New York JFK International with a seamless connection over Abu Dhabi, along with the unique USA customs border protection which enables guests to pre-clear US customs at Abu Dhabi International Airport and arrive in the US as domestic passengers. The service is operated as a codeshare flight with Jet Airways. 

“The 63 per cent growth in passenger traffic last year on both airlines to and from India is the result of hard work and close cooperation to provide an appealing product to travellers.”

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