16 Jul 2014 14:00
Etihad Airways’ launch of daily Abu Dhabi–Rome flights is ‘the next step in a burgeoning relationship with Italy’, said the airline’s President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, at a press conference in Rome today.
new service adds to Etihad Airways’ daily flights to Milan and complements
Alitalia’s five-times-weekly service between Rome and Abu Dhabi. The two airlines offer codeshare connections
to another 31 destinations, giving increased choice to their customers.
our Rome and Milan services, and our existing codeshare relationship with
Alitalia, Italy continues to grow as one of our most important strategic
markets,” said Mr Hogan.
expect the relationship to develop further, with a process under way which we
hope will conclude with Etihad Airways taking a minority shareholding in
Hogan said Etihad Airways’ minority equity investment strategy was delivering
many benefits to markets around the world.
are scale businesses,” he said. “They
need scale in networks to be able to offer customers a competitive choice to as
many destinations as possible. And they
need scale in operation to deliver efficiencies and synergies which contribute
minority investments in network partners, coupled with our wider codeshare
strategy, are enabling Etihad Airways and its partners to achieve these
economies of scale.
neither Etihad Airways nor our network partners can hope to effectively compete
against the might of the European legacy carriers and their alliances. Alone, neither of us would succeed in increasingly
together, we can win by sharing efficiencies and applying best practice, and we
can deliver a highly efficient business performance to create and deliver
each case, we work within the regulatory framework. We have no control, nor do we desire it. Our investment is about commitment, about the
‘skin in the game’ which encourages all of us to seek the best possible business
performance and customer service.”
new Abu Dhabi-Rome route will be operated by a two-cabin Airbus A330-200
aircraft, seating 262 guests, with 22 Business Class flatbed seats, and 240
Economy Class seats.
Class provides a specially trained Food and Beverage Manager, while families
across both cabins enjoy the assistance of the airline’s Flying Nanny.
Earlier this month
Alitalia and Etihad Airways were named as Official Global Airline Carriers
for Expo 2015, the upcoming Universal Exposition which will be held in Milan
from 1 May to 31 October 2015.