Etihad Airways confirms 2.987 per cent stake in AER lingus
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, confirmed today it had acquired a 2.987 per cent stake in Aer Lingus.
The airline said the purchase reflected its desire to forge a commercial partnership with the Irish national carrier.
Etihad Airways believes a possible partnership could produce significant commercial benefits for both airlines.
Etihad Airways operates 10 flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Dublin and has carried more than 750,000 passengers between the two capitals since it began flying the route in July, 2007.
The airline has a premium lounge at Dublin Airport, an engineering maintenance facility and has conducted recruitment drives across the country. It also recently renewed its sponsorship of the Gaelic Athletic Association, signing a five-year deal.
Etihad Airways has strategic codeshare partnerships with 34 airlines around the world.
As an airline, Etihad has come a long way in a short time – just like its home Abu Dhabi.
The airline was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003 and is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi with a mandate to operate safely, commercially and profitably.
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