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There was an interesting development past week when Etihad Airways announced that it had sold its stake in Etihad Regional (Darwin Airline) to Ljubljana based Adria Airways (Star Alliance member).

Etihad Regional

Etihad earlier sold its stake in Aer Lingus to IAG (parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling) and is going trough a “strategic review” since last year of various airline holdings it still has. Not sure what it will do with the Topbonus and MilleMiglia frequent flier programs it also controls? [click to continue…]

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American Airways informed both Qatar Airways, its fellow Oneworld alliance member airline, and Etihad Airways on June 29, 2017, that it would terminate its codeshare agreement with both effective March 25, 2018.

American Airlines Discontinues Qatar Airways & Etihad Codeshares

American Airlines AAdvantage members can continue to earn both elite qualifying and redeemable miles on flights marketed/operated by Qatar Airways flights as it is Oneworld member. AAdvantage members can only earn award miles for Etihad operated and marketed flights (sold without AA code). [click to continue…]

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The US administration announced enhanced screening procedures for flights destined to the United States last week (read more here) in place of expanded laptop ban. The Middle Eastern airports where the original laptop/electronics ban has been in place since March could have it removed if they comply with this enhanced screening.

Etihad Airways Laptop Ban No More

Etihad Airways is the first airlines (that I am aware of) that has been able to remove the laptop/large electronics ban from the flights to the United States effective immediately. Abu Dhabi is also the only airport in the region that offers the US preclearance facility meaning that passengers arrive as domestic at the US ports of entry. [click to continue…]

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Delta Air Lines released the other day 15 minute long “documentary” about the gulf carriers trying to inform its employees what is at stake.

The video certainly is one sided painting Delta as a saint and Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as nothing but government run airlines hemorrhaging money and conspiring to “overthrow” the US carriers. [click to continue…]

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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…]