Etihad Airways President and CEO reaffirm commitment to Maharashtra

first_imgEtihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), James Hogan, met with the Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, to reaffirm the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s commitment to the Indian state and its capital Mumbai.He was accompanied by Vijay Poonoosamy, the airline’s Vice President, International & Public Affairs and Neerja Bhatia, General Manager – India. They met Chief Minister Fadnavis at his official residence in Mumbai.During the meeting the CM outlined the priorities of the state, identifying areas of mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth. The CM and Hogan discussed new areas of collaboration between Maharashtra and Etihad Airways, especially in tourism and cargo exports.In turn, Hogan gave the CM an introduction to Etihad Airways, its operations in India and the significant benefits that come from the airline’s commercial and strategic partnership with Indian carrier, Jet Airways.Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together operate more than 220 flights between India and Abu Dhabi each week, including five daily flights from Mumbai and a daily flight from Pune.Hogan also made the CM aware that Etihad Airways carries more business and leisure travellers into India than it takes out. In 2014 the number of flights to India, purchased in Europe, the GCC, and the United States, rose by 65% compared to the previous year.In the first six months of 2015, Etihad Airways transferred more than 235,000 guests onto the Jet Airways’ network into India through its codeshare partnership, with Jet Airways providing 182,000 guests onto the Etihad Airways network.last_img read more