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31 Mar 2015 12:30

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, joined celebrations at Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday to welcome the arrival of its equity and codeshare partner Alitalia’s inaugural flights from Venice and Milan to the UAE capital. 

 A traditional water cannon salute was arranged to mark the occasion, with Alitalia’s CEO Silvano Cassano and Chief Customer Officer Aubrey Tiedt travelling onboard the inaugural flight from Venice, along with Enrico Marchi, Chairman of the SAVE Group – Venice Airport.

 The senior delegation was greeted on arrival by Bruno Matheu, Etihad Airways Chief Operating Officer Equity Partners, and officials from Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

 Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Network development has been placed at the heart of Alitalia’s ambitious development strategy and we are delighted to codeshare on both of these new routes, which are the first to be launched by Alitalia since Etihad Airways acquired a 49 per cent stake in the airline.

 “The service between Milan and Abu Dhabi combines with our own daily flights between the two cities to provide a convenient double-daily frequency, while the Venice flights not only support inbound tourism, but are also an important new link to serve people in Northern Italy.

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