Topic archives: Etihad

Is this where Virgin Australia stops on its way to Europe in 2017? Or will something else happen?

Is this where Virgin Australia stops on its way to Europe in 2017? Or will something else happen?

February 4, 2012 7

The Abu Dhabi government has approved the building of a  Midfield Terminal Complex costing $6.7 billion for a 2017 opening, and it may become very familiar to Australian travellers by then, but this is by no means a certainty. By 2017 Airbus or Boeing may have become more serious about making an airliner that will […]

How converting airlines points to $$ could mean the end of the world as frequent flyers know it

January 30, 2012 3

Welcome to my nightmare. When Etihad announced an app to turn frequent flyer points or miles into cash at the point of sale with my tablet or phone it probably fulfilled the wildest dreams of some of the sharper minds in the ATO. How? By converting the non-taxable generation of loyalty rewards into cash payments,  […]

Etihad launches a points-to-cash app that might drive major changes in consumer payment processes

January 27, 2012 4

Etihad has today launched an app that will convert its loyalty points into cash using your mobile device or tablet or computer and a virtual VISA card. This has huge implications not just for frequent flyers in general and Etihad and its loyalty partners such as Virgin Australia in particular, but for merging consumer loyalty […]

Etihad: First take Berlin, then ……Virgin?

Etihad: First take Berlin, then ……Virgin?

January 26, 2012 3

Etihad has now bought a minority stake in two airlines in two months, acquiring 29.21% of voting rights in Air Berlin in December for € 72.9 million and announcing today an MOU for  40% equity in Air Seychelles for $US 20 million, in conjunction with a matching equity injection of $US 20 million from the […]

What is Virgin Australia doing with its 777s?

January 23, 2012 4

It hasn’t been formally detailed, but Virgin Australia appears to be carrying out more than scheduled maintenance on its five Boeing 777-300ERs during February, March and about one third of April. The airline is withdrawing its three times weekly 777 services to Abu Dhabi where it connects to multiple Etihad services to Europe, Asia and […]

Virgin Australia has a pain in the United Arab Emirates

November 23, 2011 9

Virgin Australia had a pretty encouraging annual general meeting today. But there is a problem, a big problem, with its own metal part of the alliance with Etihad Airways, on its flights to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where passengers to the growing Asia, Europe and Africa network of its partner can make […]

It may not be the Qantas/Jetstar way or the highway after all

It may not be the Qantas/Jetstar way or the highway after all

October 19, 2011 6

Will some extra Virgin jets oil away the Qantas troubles for holiday makers in coming months? Virgin Australia is discussing arrangements in which Etihad and Air New Zealand jets could take over more of its international 737 and 777 services in order to allow them to be redeployed as additional capacity for its domestic network […]

The rise and fall of airline empires, brick by brick

April 8, 2011 4

The approval announced this morning for a comprehensive code sharing arrangement between Air New Zealand and Etihad isn’t big news, yet it adds to the growing framework of links between those carriers and separately, each of them with Virgin Blue, that is starting to throw a shadow over a shrinking Qantas. A highly respected figure […]

Eleven reluctant predictions for 2011

January 8, 2011 13

A short while ago I declined for personal reasons yet another invitation to discuss the year ahead in air travel on a TV program. But there are problems with the prediction season that is such a media ritual at the start of each year even if studio or camera time is impracticable.  The format on […]

New competitive realities emerge for Australian airlines

December 16, 2010 6

The competitive topography of air transport in Australia changed today. Virgin Blue gained ACCC approval of a trans Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand, and a provisional approval of its alliance with Abu Dhabi based Etihad. Jetstar also began flying an Australian registered A330 based in Singapore using Singapore rates of pay and conditions on […]

Interim approval given to Virgin Blue/Etihad alliance

September 23, 2010

The ACCC has given interim approval to one of the two foundations for the new Virgin Blue international services strategy, namely the proposed alliance with Etihad Airways. The interim approval follows a specific Qantas request to deny interim approval. Qantas benefits from similar arrangements to those outlined in the Virgin Blue/Etihad proposal through its arrangements […]

Virgin Blue and Qantas strategies fly further apart

Virgin Blue and Qantas strategies fly further apart

August 26, 2010 3

While Qantas pursues a dual brand strategy and the basing of jets in Singapore to lower costs and grow in a larger market, Virgin Blue today went for a single branded future linked to major hubs in Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles. Within a year Virgin Blue’s V Australia 777-300ERs will be feeding the rapidly […]

Angry Flyers Lounge-Etihad won’t accept my credit card

September 2, 2009 4

Good morning, This one is probably small game after some of the hideous complaints of other flyers. But I thought I would share it anyway. I’m a 20-something Tasmanian heading off on his first major overseas trip and, after looking at flights to Heathrow, decided on booking with Etihad Airways. For booking, I was using […]

Decoding the Qantas Middle East code share

March 11, 2009

Qantas may have just started the airline equivalent of a ‘holy war’ in the Middle East. Of course no-one in Qantas would be as tactless as a Crikey blog in so describing today’s announcement of a code share with Etihad Airways. The official term is that the deal is ‘strategic’ which in itself is quite […]

QF+BA piles more pressure onto Singapore Airlines

December 3, 2008

The possibility of a QF+BA merger adds immense pressure onto Singapore Airlines, and its majority shareholder, Temasek Holdings, to execute an effective strategy to participate in airline consolidation. But the most pressure on them comes from recent earlier news that Abu Dhabi wants to control Dubai based airline giant Emirates as part of the price […]

UK govt robs Qantas to ‘pay’ Emirates

November 26, 2008 3

The doctrinaire, dare I suggest dishonest, approach of the UK government to adding taxes to air travel to ‘save the environment’ comes with some bizarre consequences. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, has announced a set of Air Passenger Duty charges which rise according to the distance a jet flies from London which would add […]