09 Apr 2013 07:00

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Viviane El Hajj as its new General Manager for Lebanon. 

El Hajj replaces Joseph Chamoun who moved to the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi in August 2012 to become General Manager for the home market.

In her new role El Hajj will be based in Beirut, where she will be responsible for driving commercial results and further growing strong relationships with the airline’s travel trade and corporate customers.

Prior to joining Etihad Airways, El Hajj spent 18 years in the airline industry, most recently as sales manager for Air France, following several years at KLM where she worked in various managerial positions.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Vivianne has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the airline industry and has developed an extensive network within the corporate travel and trade sectors across Lebanon. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to her assistance in further developing our presence in the Lebanese market.”

Etihad Airways commenced services to Beirut in November 2003, and currently operates 18 flights per week between Abu Dhabi and the Lebanese capital.

In April 2013, flights between the two capitals will increase to 20 times per week, thereby strengthening connectivity to and from Australia through the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.

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