Etihad Airways will launch daily service between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on May 15. As part of an expanded codeshare agreement between Etihad Airways and Dutch national carrier KLM, the new service will carry KLM’s ‘KL’ flight code.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has signed a firm order for two additional Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The airline has also converted previous orders for seven A320s to the larger A321 model.

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Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker says the airline will add more U.S. destinations to its network as a result of becoming a member-elect of the oneworld alliance.

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Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America and is in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships, according to James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement following the UAE national airline’s recent purchase of a 2.987 per cent shareholding in the Irish carrier.

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Ho Chi Minh City will become Etihad Airways’ sixth destination within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, joining Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will add Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to its rapidly growing network in November and will also launch service from its hub to the Indian city of Ahmedabad in the same month.

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Etihad Airways plans to launch non-stop daily service between Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Washington, D.C.on March 31, 2013, subject to receiving regulatory approvals.

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According to reports from Europe, Etihad Airways is paying only €72.9 million ($94.9 million) to buy 27.03 per cent of Air Berlin, Europe ’s sixth-largest airline, in addition to the 2.99 per cent pre-dilution shareholding it already owned in the carrier.

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Boeing values the order at $2.8 billion at current list prices and says it will make Etihad Airways the world’s largest airline customer of the Boeing 787-9. Etihad has a total of 41 787s on order and has optioned another 25.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity, including broadband Internet and live TV, for the airline’s existing widebody fleet and for all the widebody jets which Etihad has on order.

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Etihad Airways’ inaugural flight to the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles touched down at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé on the afternoon of November 2. The carrier began daily service between Abu Dhabi and Malé, the capital of the Maldives, the previous day.

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American Airlines and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways are expanding their frequent-flyer-program agreement to offer passengers the opportunity to redeem frequent flyer miles on flights booked on each other’s networks.

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The new “Blue Moon Rising” livery also marks the beginning of double-daily service by Etihad Airways between Manchester and Abu Dhabi, effective from August 1.

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The new service, scheduled to begin on March 1 2012, will make Shanghai Etihad Airways’ 70th global destination.

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Etihad Airways plans to launch services to Chengdu in southwest China from December 15, subject to government approval. The airline will connect Chengdu to its hub and home base in Abu Dhabi with four non-stop round-trips each week.

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The 777 Freighter is Etihad Airways’ first Boeing freighter and joins the airline’s existing Boeing 777 fleet, which includes seven 777-300ERs.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways plans to launch service to Mahé in the Republic of Seychelles on November 1, subject to government approval. The airline will operate four round-trips each week.

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Etihad Airways has unveiled a special ‘Visit Abu Dhabi in 2011’ color scheme on a newly delivered Airbus A330-300 as part of the airline’s new ‘Essential Abu Dhabi’ marketing campaign.

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