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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is gearing up for the Saudi International Airshow with displays of some of its aircraft, products and services, and a number of important partnership announcements. The airshow is the first aviation and aerospace exhibition of its kind to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 12 – 14 March.  

Etihad will have its own chalet where visitors can visit the airline’s striking Special Olympics liveried Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Etihad Aviation Training’s Embraer Phenom 100E jet, and the airline’s unique Mobile Exhibition Vehicle, showcasing a wide range of innovative products and services. Etihad will also welcome special guests from the Saudi Arabian Special Olympics team and Al Nassr FC. Last year, the airline signed an agreement to be the official shirt and main sponsor and partner of the Riyadh-based, Saudi Stars League team. 

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways said: “The relationship between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is strong. The airshow is not only a platform for us to  present what promises to be a spectacular display of some of our aircrafts, products and services to the Saudi market, but is testament of how two countries can work together for greater benefits within the aviation industry and beyond.”

The Special Olympics liveried Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner demonstrates Etihad Airways’ commitment, as official airline partner, to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, and will also allow guests to tour the airline’s award-winning cabins and products. The two-class version of the technologically advanced aircraft features next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.

Etihad Aviation Training is the first flight school to offer Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) programme with twin jet training, and one of its Embraer Phenom 100E will be open for viewing with Etihad pilots available to highlight its capabilities.

The unique 16-metre mobile exhibition vehicle (MEV) features full-size mock-ups of the airline’s next-generation cabins including The Residence, the world’s only three-room cabin on a commercial airline, and the First Apartment - both on the Airbus A380 fleet, and the Boeing 787 First Suite. It will provide consumers, corporate and industry partners an understanding of the innovation and creativity which went into designing these industry-leading and award-winning cabins.  

The airline’s deep-rooted relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be further cemented by a partnership with Arab National Bank, a leading bank in the region, who will have a booth within the airline’s chalet. Recently relaunched Etihad Holiday packages from Saudi Arabia will also be promoted and every day, prizes will be won including a trip for two to Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways currently operates 84 flights per week to Saudi Arabia; three return flights a day to Riyadh, three return flights a day to Jeddah, four return flights a day to Dammam, and twice daily to Medina.

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