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Etihad today made an announcement that they would discontinue complimentary chauffeur service for first and business class passengers outside of the UAE for tickets issued on or after July 3, 2017.

Etihad Chauffeur Service Gone

Those traveling on the A380 Residence will continue receive this service. Passengers in all other cabins can utilize paid ground transportation methods to/from the airports. [click to continue…]

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Etihad Airways is the latest of the Gulf Carriers that is reconsidering their strategy for U.S. routes amid a slowed demand and decided to cut their San Francisco route from late October onward.

The airline cites low profitability of the route as the reason for the withdrawal from San Francisco which is one of several U.S. gateways and their second in California (Etihad will continue flights to Los Angeles). [click to continue…]

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It is Ramadan time in the Middle East that doesn’t seem to extend to the politics that we don’t cover here in the LoyaltyLobby unless it affects travel.

Qatar Airways Announcements New Routes, Meridiana Stake & Indian Airline Launch

United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have all decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. It unclear at this time what does this means to Qatar Airways. Can the airline still operate flights to/from these countries and use their air space? [click to continue…]

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Etihad Airways is trying to combat the electronics ban on its US bound flights and is now offering complimentary WiFi and iPads to business and first class passengers on those flights.

Etihad Airways Free WiFi iPad US Bound Flights

US bound passengers from select cities are required to check in their electronics (mobile phones excluded) and Emirates allows this to be done at the gate. Etihad allows this to be done before US immigration in Abu Dhabi. [click to continue…]

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Lufthansa & Etihad Airways have finally announced details of their new partnership which has been speculated about for weeks without anything major having leaked out so far.

The announcement came in a joint press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday where both CEO’s, James Hogan of Etihad and Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa unveiled the details. [click to continue…]

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Another Reader Question and yet another Involuntary Downgrade case this time involving a flight from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi operated by Etihad that was sold to our reader as an Air Berlin code share flight.

At the airport the passenger was confronted with the information from Etihad that his booking didn’t show to be in Business Class on the MEL-AUH segment despite having a printed confirmation in Business. [click to continue…]

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As part of our Reader Question series today we’d like to feature one request that reached us yesterday asking if it makes sense to pay for Etihad Airways cash upgrades.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week. [click to continue…]

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Etihad Airways surprisingly announced that they would cut between 1,000-3,000 jobs amid a slowdown of the aviation market that saw the Middle Eastern Carrier expanding rapidly in recent years.

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Etihad’s decision to step on the brakes could signalize a more conservative approach from the Gulf airlines that grew in both seat capacity and staff, but might have to scale back in order to keep pace with the market. [click to continue…]