Etihad Airways to Optimize Operations with Crew Management Solutions

– Advanced optimization and analytics will improve planning, crew satisfaction and reduce costs

SEATTLEMay 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has announced an agreement with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, to provide multiple crew management solutions to support the planning and operation of the airline’s 7,500 crewmembers.

Through the agreement, Etihad Airways will integrate Crew Pairing, Rostering and Fatigue Risk Management solutions to optimize planning, crew satisfaction and reduce costs. Provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, these solutions are powered by Boeing AnalytX and provide airlines with advanced optimization and analysis.

“By adopting crew solutions, we are confident that we will be able to respond and adapt more quickly to the ever-changing airline factors and constraints within our operation,” said Rick Allen, senior vice president operations, Etihad Airways. “Our crew team will also appreciate that their preferences will be more flexibly considered, as we will now be able to publish crew schedules further in advance.”

Crew Pairing helps airlines create optimized work duties, improving crew efficiency and operational robustness, while minimizing cost. Crew Rostering allows airlines to build quality rosters that respect crews’ preferences and relevant constraints, while reducing total costs and time to market. Fatigue Risk Management solutions, supported by the Boeing Alertness Model, provide strategies and proven solutions for reducing fatigue risk in crew rosters.

“Airlines that use these services often see cost reductions of three percent or more annually and a significant uptake in crew satisfaction over their rosters. By adding these tools to the Boeing flight operations services already in place today, Etihad will continue to drive positive change,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for Boeing. “The flexibility and strength of our optimization in the crew management suite will allow Etihad to solve complex issues with ease and support their decision-making process with detailed quantifications of risk and costs.”

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Etihad rejigs Australian A380 services

Etihad is starting Airbus A380 service to Sydney from June 1. (Etihad)

Etihad Airways will add a second daily Airbus A380 flight to Sydney from the end of the October, but at the same time will downguage capacity on both its twice-daily Melbourne flights.

Under its northern hemisphere winter schedule, set to take effect from October 29, Etihad will upguage the current EY450/EY451 Abu Dhabi-Sydney-Abu Dhabi rotation from the 328-seat 777-300ER to the 496-seat A380.

“Sydney is one of our busiest and best performing long-haul routes where we have experienced increased demand, particularly in our premium cabins, since the launch 10 years ago,” Etihad Airways chief executive officer Peter Baumgartner said in a statement.

But at the same time, the Routes Online website reports that the current EY460/461 Abu Dhabi-Melbourne-Abu Dhabi A380 flights will be operated by the 777-300ER from October 29, while from the same date the current EY462/463 rotation will see two-class, 299-seat 787-9s replacing the 777-300ER.

Eithad first deployed the A380 on the Melbourne route from June last year.

Virgin Australia codeshares on Eithad’s flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond to points in Europe.

Etihad Abu Dhabi-Sydney schedule, effective October 29
Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY450 Abu Dhabi 09:25 Sydney  06:15 +1 Daily A380
EY451 Sydney 16:20 Abu Dhabi 23:55 Daily A380
EY454 Abu Dhabi 22:15 Sydney 19:15 +1 Daily A380
EY455 Sydney 21:50 Abu Dhabi 05:40 +1 Daily A380

Source : Australian Aviation

Etihad introduces new way to bring gadgets on US flights

Staff Reporter
Filed on March 25, 2017 | Last updated on March 25, 2017 at 08.08 am

Flying to US from Abu Dhabi soon? Here are some good news

Worried about bringing your gadgets the next time you fly from the UAE to the US? Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways says you don’t need to worry about it too much. After news of the ban, the Abu Dhabi-based airline is introducing a new method that will allow passengers to still bring their gadgets on flights to US.

Etihad Airways is reassuring passengers of its highest level of service to minimise disruption following the introduction of a new US travel directive on electronic devices.

Effective March 25, passengers on all US-bound flights from, or transiting through, Abu Dhabi International Airport will not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.

Items such as laptop computers, tablets including iPads, gaming devices, cameras and e-readers will be required to be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.

All Etihad Airways’ US flights have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their mobiles and smart phones. And with an onboard inflight entertainment system offering hundreds of hours of free programmes, international movies, live TV news and sports channels, interactive games, and music in every seat, guests are able to keep themselves busy throughout their journey without the need of a laptop or tablet.

Etihad Airways is sending email alerts to all US-bound travellers advising of the new directive. Signage is being placed at check-in desks at airports around the world where staff will inform guests to pack any prohibited electronic devices in their checked luggage.

US-bound passengers travelling via Abu Dhabi must check-in their electronic devices at the point of origin. The directive, issued by the US Transportation Security Administration, does not affect flights departing from the United States.

At Abu Dhabi International Airport, all Etihad Airways guests travelling to the United States clear US Immigration and Customs at the US Preclearance facility in Terminal 3 – the only one of its kind in the Middle East. When guests land in the US, they arrive as domestic passengers with no requirement to queue for immigration checks again. Due to the additional security measures, Etihad Airways will deploy more staff at the US Preclearance facility to provide assistance.

To avoid inconvenience, guests are encouraged to pack the prohibited items in their checked baggage prior to reaching the Preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi. Any prohibited electronic devices will have to be declared and placed in padded envelopes before being securely taken to the aircraft luggage hold by staff. Such items will be returned to guests on arrival in the US, while conveniently, other items of checked-in luggage can be collected at the final destination in the United States.

Guests are also encouraged to avoid carrying spare battery packs larger than the permitted size as these will not be allowed in either the luggage hold or the cabin.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “We remain committed to ensuring we provide guests the highest levels of service and quality experience that we are renowned for, at Abu Dhabi International Airport and throughout their journey to minimise the impact of the new measures.

?Etihad Airways offers excellent facilities on the ground at Abu Dhabi International Airport and inflight to keep guests entertained during their journey. While we are communicating the new directive to guests before they begin their travels to the US, we are implementing a number of measures at Abu Dhabi International Airport to ease the process. We continue to work with the relevant authorities and advise guests to comply with the directive to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted journey to the United States.

In addition to the onboard offering, all cabins have a selection of digital lifestyle magazines that can be viewed for free on a smartphone via the Wi-Fly homepage. A variety of printed international magazines and newspapers are also available for guests travelling in the premium cabins.

Children receive a kid’s pack with games and toys, and there is a Flying Nanny on board to assist parents.

At Abu Dhabi International Airport, passengers have access to free Wi-Fi. Guests travelling in the premium cabins can use Etihad Airways’ lounges. For those with sufficient time before departure, guests can pay for access to Etihad’s Business Class lounge in Terminals 1 and 3 which offer computer terminals, Wi-Fi, business facilities, and a wide selection of newspapers, business and lifestyle magazines, international cuisine, shower rooms and children’s play rooms.

First and Business Class guests are also able to use the US Premium Lounge located after the US Immigration checks at Terminal 3.

Guests are able to purchase extra baggage allowance at a discount on airport rates by booking online at; through an Etihad Airways reservation office; or via a call centre. In addition, Silver, Gold and Platinum members of Etihad Guest, the airline’s loyalty programme, are entitled to extra free baggage allowance.

While Abu Dhabi International Airport is not listed for a similar ban related to direct flights operating to the United Kingdom, enhanced security screening is likely for guests travelling to London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Etihad Airways operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States – namely New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

For any further updates on the new directive and our policies, guests are advised to check Etihad Airways’ website at

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Boeing Agrees to Provide Wind Updates Solution for Etihad Airways

Service to increase situational awareness and fuel savings for Abu Dhabi-carrier’s fleet

DUBAI, February 7, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] today announced that Etihad Airways signed a contract to introduce the Boeing Wind Updates solution into the airline’s operations. The tool will increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption across the carrier’s global operations.

By integrating the Wind Updates offering from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, Etihad Airways can leverage real-time information to improve in-flight airplane performance based on atmospheric conditions. Boeing Wind Updates will optimize flight operations fleet-wide for Etihad Airways.

“Improved decision making by our flight crews and reduced fuel consumption are two of the hallmark features of the programme that we look forward to implementing with this agreement,” said Richard Hill, chief operations officer at Etihad Airways. “Being aware of real-time wind data and their related conditions will enhance situational awareness in the flight deck, enabling us to fly the most efficient routes possible.”

More current and accurate weather data is expected to reduce fuel consumption for Etihad Airways by an average of 200-400 lbs (90-180 kgs) of fuel per flight. Overall, Boeing Wind Updates will improve in-flight performance for Etihad Airways aircraft by providing customized, real-time wind and temperature information during every flight anywhere in the world.

“Helping customers drive increased operational efficiency through our integrated portfolio of flight optimization solutions allows airlines to improve bottom line results,” said David Longridge, vice president, sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “Boeing Wind Updates is a key component of these optimization services and we look forward to assisting Etihad Airways in reaching its operational goals.”

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Source : Boeing Website

Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus sign MoU to develop A380 MRO Services in Abu Dhabi

Providing A380 operators with turnkey ‘heavy-check’ and upgrades services under one roof

Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work jointly on the development of a new A380 MRO Services offering. With this partnership Airbus and Etihad Airways Engineering will combine their respective skills to offer the market a value-adding MRO service solution for worldwide A380 operators, starting in 2017.

The partnership aims to establish A380 Maintenance, Engineering and Upgrades capabilities in Abu Dhabi to provide third-party support for airlines’ A380 fleets by providing them with efficient turnkey solutions. A380 customers will thus be able to have their A380 fleets’ heavy maintenance checks and upgrades installations performed concurrently ‘under one roof’ in Abu Dhabi. In addition, all necessary consumable and expendable parts (needed for the heavy checks and upgrades service bulletin embodiment) will be provided on-site by Airbus’ dedicated inventory management subsidiary – Satair Group.

The service will also be particularly useful to those A380 operators who already have ‘in-house’ MRO capability, but whose own facilities are fully booked with work and therefore need to offload some heavy checks and upgrades to a third-party facility which is backed by Airbus. To this end, Airbus is proud to count Etihad Airways Engineering as a valuable partner to offer these services, in the relentless pursuit of innovation, quality and competitiveness.

Airbus and Etihad Airways Engineering have a long-standing history of successful collaboration on delivering A380 MRO services. Etihad Airways Engineering also just recently delivered ahead of schedule Etihad Airways’ first A380 heavy maintenance C-check along with an extensive cabin refresh. Leveraging Etihad Airways’ highest cabin standards, Etihad Airways Engineering is uniquely positioned with strong expertise to deliver major cabin modifications.

Etihad Airways Engineering is the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East. As part of the Etihad Aviation Group, the company offers line, light and heavy maintenance services around the clock, including design, advanced composite repair, cabin refurbishment and component services, from its state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Airbus, a division of Airbus Group, is the global leading commercial aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, comprehensive and efficient family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus has sold around 16,750 aircraft to over 400 customers and, in addition, provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network. Airbus employs some 55,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of 45.9 billion Euros.

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Etihad headed to Venice

Venice will be Etihad's third Italian destination. (Photo: Etihad)

Australians will have a new one-stop option to Italy from October when Etihad Airways launches flights to Venice from its Abu Dhabi hub.

The daily service with two-class Airbus A319s featuring 16 business and 90 economy class seats takes off on October 30 2016, Etihad said in a statement.

Venice will be Etihad’s third Italian destination alongside Milan and Rome. The launch of its Venice service would coincide with the withdrawal of Etihad alliance and equity partner Alitalia from the route.

The flights will operate as an overnight service from Abu Dhabi, arriving at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport a little after 0630. The reciprocal is scheduled to take off from Venice just before 1100 and arrive back in Abu Dhabi at 1955.

“Launching our service to Venice further supports a very popular passenger route between Italy, our Abu Dhabi hub and onwards throughout Etihad Airways’ growing network, as far afield as Australia,” Etihad chief strategy and planning officer Kevin Knight said.

Etihad, which is a Virgin Australia major shareholder and alliance partner, flies to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from its Abu Dhabi hub.

Other one-stop options for Australians headed to Venice include Emirates (via Dubai) and Qatar (via Doha).

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“Fully committed” – Etihad to participate in Virgin’s capital raising


Etihad and Virgin have a 10-year alliance that runs until 2020.

Etihad Airways has confirmed it will take up its full entitlements in Virgin Australia’s capital raising.

As a result, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will maintain its shareholding in Virgin at 21.83 per cent and keep its seat on the board.

“The Etihad Aviation Group board has endorsed a proposal to take up its pro-rata entitlement in the non-renounceable entitlement offer for new shares in Virgin Australia which closes at 5pm AEST today,” an Etihad spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Wednesday morning.

“Etihad Airways is a long-term strategic investor and commercial partner to Virgin Australia, and remains fully committed to the partnership as a shareholder.

“Our comprehensive 10-year commercial agreement, which runs until 2020, is further evidence of our confidence in and support for Virgin Australia, and our commitment to the airline and Australia.”

Ahead of the entitlement offer, Etihad was Virgin’s largest shareholder at 21.83 per cent, followed by SIA (20.09 per cent), Nanshan (19.98 per cent) and HNA (13.04 per cent).

However, SIA could increase its stake up to 25.9 per cent and HNA could lift its shareholding up to 19.99 per cent, depending on the response to the capital raising from other shareholders.

Had Etihad – which serves Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from its Abu Dhabi hub in partnership with Virgin – not participated in the capital raising, its 21.83 per cent shareholding in Virgin would potentially have been halved, Virgin said in a slide presentation on July 6.

Virgin’s other major shareholders – Singapore Airlines (SIA), HNA Innovation (a subsidiary of HNA Aviation Group), Sir Richard Branson’s UK-based Virgin Group and Nanshan Group – had all committed to take up their full pro-rata entitlements in the $852 million capital raising when it was announced on June 15.

However, Etihad said at the time it was still reviewing the capital raising.

Should the offer not be fully subscribed, SIA, HNA and Virgin Group made binding commitments to contribute to the sub-underwriting of entitlements not taken up by other shareholders.

Under the share offer, existing shareholders can purchase one new share for every share they hold at a price of 21 Australian cents per share.

The $852 million share issue, when added to the $159 million share placement with HNA Group, brings the total amount Virgin is raising to $1.011 billion in an effort to pay back a shareholder loan and bolster its balance sheet.

“As a result of the upcoming equity raising, the Group will have a capital structure that is appropriate for its position as a mature, diversified airline group and will be in a stronger position to deliver sustainable growth,” Virgin Australia chairman Elizabeth Bryan said on June 15.

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