ABU DHABI / Emirates Business
Etihad Airways is supporting India Aviation 2016 this week by proudly showcasing two of its newest aircraft â€” a Boeing 787 passenger jet and Boeing 777 freighter â€” at the countryâ€™s premier civil aviation exhibition and air show being held in Hyderabad.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, one of five in the airlineâ€™s fleet, will be joined by a freighter on static display during the event attended by key government and aviation industry stakeholders from India and around the world. The five-day show at Begumpet Airport in southern India runs from March 16 to 20.
Organised by Indiaâ€™s Ministry of Civil Aviation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the event provides Etihad Airways with another platform to engage with policy makers, business leaders, aviation experts and others across the aviation industry.
India is one of Etihad Airwaysâ€™ key markets with 175 scheduled passenger flights each week being operated across 11 cities from the airlineâ€™s Abu Dhabi hub. With strategic Indian partner Jet Airways, Etihad Airways has a combined 254 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across India. Together, both carriers are the largest international operator of scheduled flights to and from India, with a 20 per cent market share.
Last year, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways carried a total 3.3 million guests to and from India, a 63 per cent increase on the 2 million flown in 2014. Etihad Airwaysâ€™ current 11 Indian destinations from Abu Dhabi are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
Jet Airways offers the additional Indian gateways of Pune, Lucknow, Goa and Mangalore, as well as numerous domestic connections as codeshare services with Etihad Airways. Through the combined networks of both carriers, Etihad Airways proudly promotes India to global business and leisure travellers, and helps connect Indiaâ€™s people and products to the world.
In addition, Etihad Airwaysâ€™ freight division, Etihad Cargo, operates 14 dedicated freighter services each week to four Indian metro cities â€“ Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
The airline flies 120,000 tons of cargo to and from India each year that represents around nine per cent of the total Indian international freight market. This includes pharmaceutical products, largely originating from Hyderabad, the centre of Indiaâ€™s medicinal industry.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: â€œThis weekâ€™s India Aviation show in Hyderabad enables Etihad Airways to show our unwavering support for trade and tourism in
one of the worldâ€™s most dynamic economies.